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Measurement of the skull to determine its characteristics as related to sex, race, or body type.


(Physiology) the study and measurement of skulls
craniometric, ˌcranioˈmetrical adj
ˌcranioˈmetrically adv
ˌcraniˈometrist n


(ˌkreɪ niˈɒm ɪ tri)

the science of measuring skulls, chiefly to determine their characteristic relationship to sex, body type, or genetic population.
cra`ni•o•met′ric (-əˈmɛ trɪk) cra`ni•o•met′ri•cal, adj.
cra`ni•o•met′ri•cal•ly, adv.


the science of measuring skulls. — craniometrist, n.craniometric, craniometrical, adj.
See also: Head
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Noun1.craniometry - the branch of physical anthropology dealing with the study and measurement of dry skulls after removal of its soft parts
physical anthropology - the branch of anthropology dealing with the genesis and variation of human beings
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(56) Bogdanov's own work was influenced by the noted French anthropologist and craniometrist Paul Broca (1824-80), who argued that brain size bore a direct relationship to intelligence.
Lummis does, however, reverse the traditional methodology of craniometrists, who linked the largeness of one's skull size to the degree of intellectual capability, (15) but he nonetheless retains the logic of such biological determinism by reading Faustino's professional capabilities in his physical features.
(25) One of the most renowned craniometrists of the day, Paul Broca, also performed a series of experiments that led to some problematic results in 1862.