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An evolutionary trend in the animal kingdom toward centralization of neural and sensory organs in the head or anterior region of the body.
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(ˌsɛfəlaɪˈzeɪʃən) or


(Zoology) (in the evolution of animals) development of a head by the concentration of feeding and sensory organs and nervous tissue at the anterior end
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(ˌsɛf ə ləˈzeɪ ʃən)

a tendency in animal evolution to localization of important organs or parts in or near the head.
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Other features on chest X-ray are flow cephalisation, pleural effusion, and pulmonary oedema.
Centralization of this deciding and controlling function is imperative, and a process of cephalisation is inevitable." (41)