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 (brăk′ĭ-sə-făl′ĭk) also brach·y·ceph·a·lous (-sĕf′ə-ləs)
Having a short, broad head with a cephalic index over 80.

brach′y·ceph′a·ly (-sĕf′ə-lē), brach′y·ceph′a·lism n.
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(Pathology) having a head nearly as broad from side to side as from front to back, esp one with a cephalic index over 80
(Pathology) an individual with such a head
ˌbrachyˈcephaly, ˌbrachyˈcephalism n
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(ˌbræk i səˈfæl ɪk)

also brach•y•ceph•a•lous

(-ˈsɛf ə ləs)

short-headed; having a cephalic index of 81.0–85.4.
[1840–50; brachy- + -cephalic]
brach`y•ceph′a•ly, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.brachycephalic - an adult with a short broad head
adult, grownup - a fully developed person from maturity onward
Adj.1.brachycephalic - having a short broad head with a cephalic index of over 80
dolichocephalic, dolichocranial, dolichocranic - having a relatively long head with a cephalic index of under 75
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References in classic literature ?
"Brachycephalic, gray-eyed, black-haired, with suggestion of the negroid.
In recent years, "brachycephalic breeds" with short muzzles and narrow pallets such as French Bulldogs, English Bulldogs and Pugs have become more and more popular.
Brachycephalic breeds like Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, and Boxers are notorious for overheating.
One of the biggest rise in breeds the veterinary industry has seen is the brachycephalic breeds.
FEW would argue that pugs, French bulldogs and other brachycephalic breeds are some of our most endearing pets - but they don't have their troubles to seek.
PAL does not accept the transport of brachycephalic or snub-nosed dog breeds on all their flights, whether domestic or international, unless they are service or emotional support dogs that will be traveling with the passenger in the cabin.
While it can affect dogs of any breed or mix, brachycephalic breeds, like the Pug, and Cocker Spaniels seem to be predisposed.
Breeds such as French and English bulldogs and pugs are commonly affected by a condition called brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS), which leaves dogs gasping for breath.
Head Shape Cephalic Index Range 1 Dolichocephalic <75.0 2 Mesocephalic 75.0-79.9 3 Brachycephalic 80.0-84.9 4 Hyperbrachycephalic 85.0-89.9 Statistical Analysis
But these social media stars often suffer severe breathing problems, namely brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome, and need surgery.
The skull of the Zovawk was dolichocephalic according to the cephalic index as reported in chital (Kumawat et al.), blackbuck (Choudhary & Singh, 2016a) and Indian wild pig (Choudhary et al., 2017); however, it was brachycephalic in tiger (Joshi, 2004) and mesaticephalic in dog (Miller et al., 1964).
Congenital problems in popular breeds of dogs and cats are said to be worsening, but brachycephalic breeds of dog, hairless cats and munchkin cats continue to grow in popularity and prospective pet owners don't always know the health implications of the pet they are buying.