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cephalic

[suh-fal-ik] /səˈfæl ɪk/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the head.
2.
situated or directed toward the head.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin cephalicus < Greek kephalikós of the head. See cephal-, -ic
Related forms
cephalically, adverb
postcephalic, adjective
procephalic, adjective
uncephalic, adjective

-cephalic

1.
variant of -cephalous:
brachycephalic.
Origin
< Greek -kephal(os) -cephalous + -ic
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  • cephalic is a term of, in, or relating to the cephalon, or head.
British Dictionary definitions for cephalic

cephalic

/sɪˈfælɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the head
2.
situated in, on, or near the head

-cephalic

combining form
1.
indicating skull or head; -headed: brachycephalic
Derived Forms
-cephaly, -cephalism, combining_form:in_noun:countable
Word Origin
from Greek -kephalos
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Word Origin and History for cephalic
adj.

"pertaining to the head," early 15c., from Latin cephalicus, from Greek kephalikos "pertaining to the head," from kephale (see cephalo-).

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cephalic in Medicine

cephalic ce·phal·ic (sə-fāl'ĭk)
adj.

  1. Of or relating to the head.

  2. Located on, in, or near the head.

-cephalic suff.
Having a specified kind or number of heads: dolichocephalic.

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cephalic in Science
cephalic
  (sə-fāl'ĭk)   
Located on or near the head.
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