Cephalic index
Cephalic Ce*phal"ic, a. [L. cephalicus, Gr. ?, fr. kefalh` head: cf. F. c['e]phalique.] (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the head. See the Note under {Anterior}. [1913 Webster]

{Cephalic index} (Anat.), the ratio of the breadth of the cranium to the length, which is taken as the standard, and equal to 100; the breadth index.

{Cephalic vein}, a large vein running from the back of the head alond the arm; -- so named because the ancients used to open it for disorders of the head. --Dunglison. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Cephalic index — is the ratio of the maximum width of the head multiplied by 100 divided by its maximum length (i.e., in the horizontal plane, or front to back). The index was widely used by anthropologists in the early twentieth century to categorize human… …   Wikipedia

  • cephalic index — n the ratio multiplied by 100 of the maximum breadth of the head to its maximum length compare CRANIAL INDEX * * * a measure of the shape of a skull, commonly used in craniometry: the ratio of the greatest breadth, multiplied by 100, to the… …   Medical dictionary

  • cephalic index — n. the ratio of the greatest breadth of the human head to its greatest length, from front to back, multiplied by 100; cranial index: see BRACHYCEPHALIC, DOLICHOCEPHALIC, MESOCEPHALIC …   English World dictionary

  • cephalic index — noun ratio (in percent) of the maximum breadth to the maximum length of a skull • Syn: ↑breadth index, ↑cranial index • Hypernyms: ↑ratio …   Useful english dictionary

  • cephalic index — noun Date: 1866 the ratio multiplied by 100 of the maximum breadth from side to side of the head to its maximum length from front to back in living individuals compare cranial index …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cephalic index — the length of the head as a ratio of total or standard length …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • cephalic index — Cephalom., Craniom. the ratio of the greatest breadth of the head to its greatest length from front to back, multiplied by 100. [1865 70] * * * …   Universalium

  • cephalic index — noun Anthropology the ratio of the maximum breadth of a skull to its maximum length …   English new terms dictionary

  • cephalic index — a measure of the shape of a skull, commonly used in craniometry: the ratio of the greatest breadth, multiplied by 100, to the greatest length of the skull. See also: brachycephaly, dolichocephaly …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • cephalic index — cephal′ic in′dex n. anat. pan anat. the ratio of the greatest breadth of the head to its greatest length from front to back, multiplied by 100 • Etymology: 1865–70 …   From formal English to slang

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