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facial angle

Craniometry. the angle formed by a line from nasion to prosthion at its intersection with the plane of the Frankfurt horizontal.
Origin of facial angle
1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • In some not especially intelligent South American monkeys the facial angle amounts to about sixty-five degrees.

  • He spent a whole evening measuring this imbecile's facial angle.

  • It presents no indication of the prognathism which modifies the facial angle.

  • The facial angle of Europeans is about 761⁄2 degrees, sometimes reaching 81.

    The Human Race Louis Figuier
  • Consequently it is impossible either to measure the facial angle or to take account of the development of the lower jaw.

    Primitive Man Louis Figuier
  • Theory of the gradation of intellect as shown by the facial angle.

    Principles of Geology Charles Lyell
  • He possesses only from 75–83 cubic inches of brain, his facial angle being about 85 degrees.

    A Manual of the Historical Development of Art G. G. (Gustavus George) Zerffi
  • The importance of this difference of age, with respect to the facial angle, is very great in the simiæ.

  • One of the ape tribe has a facial angle of 42°; and another, which approximated nearest to man in figure, an angle of 50°.

    Principles of Geology Charles Lyell
  • And the law of selection enlarged his facial angle, and culture put arms in his hands.

    Vagaries Axel Munthe
British Dictionary definitions for facial angle

facial angle

the angle formed between a line from the base of the nose to the opening of the ear and a line from the base of the nose to the most prominent part of the forehead: often used in comparative anthropology
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