I. adjective Date: circa 1856 having a small head; specifically having an abnormally small head II. noun Date: circa 1873 one that is microcephalic

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  • Microcephalic — Mi cro*ce*phal ic, Microcephalous Mi cro*ceph a*lous, a. [Micro + cephalic, cephalous.] (Anat.) Having a small head; having the cranial cavity small; opposed to {megacephalic}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • microcephalic — (adj.) small headed, 1845, from Fr. microcéphalique, from Mod.L. microcephalus, from Gk. mikros small (see MICA (Cf. mica)) + kephale head. Related: Microcephalism; microcephalous (1840); microcephaly (n.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • microcephalic — 1. adjective Having an abnormally small head 2. noun A microcephalic person See Also: microcephaly …   Wiktionary

  • microcephalic — Having a small head. SYN: microcephalous, nanocephalous, nanocephalic. * * * mi·cro·ce·phal·ic .mī krō sə fal ik adj having a small head specif having an abnormally small head microcephalic n an individual with an abnormally small head …   Medical dictionary

  • microcephalic — adj. [Gr. mikros, small; kephale, head] Having an abnormally small head; see megacephalic, mesocephalic …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • microcephalic — microcephaly, n. /muy kroh seuh fal ik/, adj. Cephalom., Pathol. having a head with a small braincase. Also, microcephalous /muy kroh sef euh leuhs/. [1855 60; < NL microcephalicus. See MICRO , CEPHALIC] * * * …   Universalium

  • microcephalic — maɪkrəʊsɪ fælɪk adj. having an abnormally small head, small headed (Medicine) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • microcephalic — mi·cro·cephalic …   English syllables

  • microcephalic — /maɪkroʊsəˈfælɪk/ (say muykrohsuh falik) adjective 1. Anatomy having a skull with a small cranial capacity. 2. Pathology having an abnormally small skull. Also, microcephalous /maɪkroʊˈsɛfələs/ (say muykroh sefuhluhs). –microcephaly… …   Australian English dictionary

  • microcephalic —   a. a. small headed    ♦ microcephalism,    ♦ microcephaly, n.    ♦ microcephalus, n. (pl.    ♦ li ) such person …   Dictionary of difficult words

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