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1. Situated behind the cranium.
2. Consisting of the parts or structures behind the cranium: the postcranial skeleton of an animal.

post·cra′ni·al·ly adv.
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(Anatomy) anatomy situated behind the cranium
ˌpostˈcranially adv
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