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[krey-nee-uh l] /ˈkreɪ ni əl/
of or relating to the cranium or skull.
Origin of cranial
1790-1800; crani(um) + -al1
Related forms
cranially, adverb
intercranial, adjective
precranial, adjective
precranially, adverb
subcranial, adjective
subcranially, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cranial
  • And outside of the forms with good cranial representation, the rest are usually not incorporated.
  • However, the post-cranial of the new fossil is not known.
  • He would have met slope-browed, linguistically primitive people with a cranial capacity about two thirds of our own.
  • It might even have sparked the evolution of the cranial contents.
  • Now you can jack in and play it no cranial implants required.
  • cranial growth past maturity has been linked with use of human growth hormone.
  • Most interesting, the cranial capacity of these hominids is minuscule.
  • While it circulates, the fluid also travels around the cranial nerves, including the optic nerves.
  • The cranial nerves, which control the muscles of the face and head, were working properly.
  • The back of the cranial vault was down around the coals, and the flames licked up and browned the side and blackened the back.
British Dictionary definitions for cranial


of or relating to the skull
Derived Forms
cranially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for cranial

1800, from Modern Latin cranium, from Greek kranion "skull" (see cranium) + -al (1).

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cranial in Medicine

cranial cra·ni·al (krā'nē-əl)
Of or relating to the skull or cranium.

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cranial in Science
Located in or involving the skull or cranium.
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