brachycephalic [brak-ee-suh-fal-ik] ExamplesWord Origin adjective Cephalometry.

  1. short-headed; having a cephalic index of 81.0–85.4.

Also brach·y·ceph·a·lous [brak-ee-sef-uh-luh s] /ˌbræk iˈsɛf ə ləs/. Origin of brachycephalic First recorded in 1840–50; brachy- + -cephalic Related formsbrach·y·ceph·a·ly [brak-ee-sef-uh-lee] /ˌbræk iˈsɛf ə li/, brach·y·ceph·a·lism, nounhy·per·brach·y·ce·phal·ic, adjectivehy·per·brach·y·ceph·a·ly, noun Examples from the Web for brachycephalic Historical Examples of brachycephalic

  • There were sixteen brachycephalic and thirteen mesaticephalic skulls.


    Eugene S. Talbot

  • The skull is brachycephalic with an average index of about 80.

    Man, Past and Present

    Agustus Henry Keane

  • They are the shortest and most brachycephalic race in Europe.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 4


  • If a brachycephalic father adopts a dolichocephalic son, the legal act cannot change the shape of the adopted son’s skull.

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    James Anthony Froude, Edward A. Freeman, William Ewart Gladstone, John Henry Newman and Leslie Stephen

  • The main distinction taken is between dolichocephalic and brachycephalic, or long and broad skulls.

    Human Origins

    Samuel Laing

  • British Dictionary definitions for brachycephalic brachycephalic adjective Also: brachycephalous (ˌbrækɪˈsɛfələs)

    1. having a head nearly as broad from side to side as from front to back, esp one with a cephalic index over 80


    1. an individual with such a head

    Compare dolichocephalic, mesocephalic Derived Formsbrachycephaly or brachycephalism, noun

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