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- (of a person or animal) Having a head that is short from front to back (relative to its width from left to right).
1996, William H. Tucker, The Science and Politics of Racial Research, University of Illinois Press, ISBN 9780252065606, page 23:
- Also a subject of extensive investigation was the cephalic index, a measurement of the general shape of the skull, defined as the ratio of its breadth to its length multiplied by one hundred to eliminate the decimal point. Ratios below seventy-five indicated skulls that were long and narrow, termed “dolichocephalic”; those between seventy-five and eight, slightly broader or “mesocephalic”; and even rounder heads with ratios above eighty were called “brachycephalic.”
brachycephalic (plural brachycephalics)
- A brachycephalic person.