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macrocephalic

[mak-roh-suh-fal-ik] /ˌmæk roʊ səˈfæl ɪk/
adjective
1.
Cephalometry. being or having a head with a large cranial capacity.
2.
Craniometry. being or having a skull with a large cranial capacity.
Also, macrocephalous
[mak-roh-sef-uh-luh s] /ˌmæk roʊˈsɛf ə ləs/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of macrocephalic
1850-1855
1850-55; < Greek makroképhal(os) large-headed (see macro-, -cephalous) + -ic
Related forms
macrocephaly, noun
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Examples from the Web for macrocephaly
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  • Pathological terminology includes the following nomenclature: macrocephaly, sub-macrocephaly, submicrocephaly, microcephaly.

    Pedagogical Anthropology Maria Montessori
  • In rickets, for instance, macrocephaly may occur in conjunction with a normal or even supernormal intelligence (Leopardi).

    Pedagogical Anthropology Maria Montessori
  • If we find a circumference greater than normal, we are beginning to enter upon the anomaly which goes by the name of macrocephaly.

    Pedagogical Anthropology Maria Montessori
British Dictionary definitions for macrocephaly

macrocephaly

/ˌmækrəʊˈsɛfəlɪ/
noun
1.
the condition of having an abnormally large head or skull
Derived Forms
macrocephalic (ˌmækrəʊsɪˈfælɪk), macrocephalous, adjective
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Word Origin and History for macrocephaly

macrocephalic

adj.

1851, from Greek makrokephalos; see macro-. Second element is from Greek kephale "head" (see cephalo-). Related: Macrocephalous; macrocephaly.

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macrocephaly in Medicine

macrocephaly mac·ro·ceph·a·ly (māk'rō-sěf'ə-lē) or mac·ro·ce·pha·li·a (-sə-fā'lē-ə, -fāl'yə)
n.
Abnormal largeness of the head. Also called megacephaly, megalocephaly.


mac'ro·ce·phal'ic (-sə-fāl'ĭk) or mac'ro·ceph'a·lous adj.
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