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An instrument or device used to measure the skull.

cra′ni·o·met′ric (-ə-mĕt′rĭk), cra′ni·o·met′ri·cal adj.
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(Tools) an instrument for measuring the cranium or skull
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(ˌkreɪ niˈɒm ɪ tər)

an instrument for measuring the external dimensions of skulls.
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Noun1.craniometer - an instrument for measuring skull sizes
measuring device, measuring instrument, measuring system - instrument that shows the extent or amount or quantity or degree of something
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The device was called craniometer. In contrast to Kronlein, Kocher's craniometer was based on cadaver studies and consisted of elastic ribbons which were arranged and fixed on the head in a way that the ribbons were just beyond the central sulcus.
Bones prised from the cloak of bark and soil, sinewy and disgraced by this sudden disinterment, hefted pale into the cold dark like a stone carried clear and dripping from a river, heavy and weighted with the tarnish of plunder, a Gunn-e-darr man, rising, carrying his country as witness to patternings of shame no craniometer can measure.
Written in Russian, German, English and Latin, like the notebooks he kept during his student days (Greenop 1944, 29), they record nothing of the personal: sketches; a population census of Erub; cranial measurements, perhaps using the craniometer he had taken to Micronesia in 1876 (Webster 1984, 345); measurements and observations on skin and eye colour and other physical attributes; and notes on cranial deformation among Mabuiag infants.