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From brachy- +‎ cephalic, literally “short-headed”.


brachycephalic (comparative more brachycephalic, superlative most brachycephalic)

  1. (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[1], University of Illinois Press, →ISBN, 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)

  1. A brachycephalic person.

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