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Related to scaphocephalic: oxycephaly, plagiocephaly, scaphocephaly


Having an abnormally long narrow skull.

[Greek skaphē, boat + -cephalic.]

scaph′o·ceph′a·ly (-ə-sĕf′ə-lē) n.
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1. (Anatomy) anatomy having a head that is abnormally long and narrow as a result of the two parietal bones on the top of the skull closing prematurely
2. (Anatomy) an individual with such a head. Compare dolichocephalic, brachycephalic
ˈscaphoˌcephaly, ˈscaphoˌcephalism n
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