|(formerly) the branch of science concerned with localization of function in the human brain, esp determination of the strength of the faculties by the shape and size of the skull overlying the parts of the brain thought to be responsible for them|
phrenology phre·nol·o·gy (frĭ-nŏl'ə-jē)
The study of the shape and protuberances of the skull, based on the now discredited belief that they reveal character and mental capacity.
|phrenology (frĭ-nŏl'ə-jē) Pronunciation Key
The study of the shape of the skull as a means of determining character and intelligence. Phrenology has been disproven as a science.