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scaphocephaly

or scaphocephalism

[skaf-uh-sef-uh-lee] /ˌskæf əˈsɛf ə li/
noun, Pathology
1.
premature closure of the sagittal suture resulting in a deformed skull having an elongated, keellike shape.
Also called cymbocephaly.
Origin of scaphocephaly
1900-1905
1900-05; scapho- + -cephaly
Related forms
scaphocephalic
[skaf-oh-suh-fal-ik] /ˌskæf oʊ səˈfæl ɪk/ (Show IPA),
scaphocephalous, adjective
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  • Trigonocephaly (triangular head) is a variety of scaphocephaly in which depression occurs in place of the keel.

    Degeneracy Eugene S. Talbot
  • More rarely the skull is of normal size, but shaped like the keel of a boat (scaphocephaly, 0.1% and subscaphocephaly 6%).

    Criminal Man Gina Lombroso-Ferrero

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