Definition of cephalic in English:

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Pronunciation: /sɪˈfalɪk/
Pronunciation: /kɛˈfalɪk/


In or relating to the head.
Example sentences
  • It may pass over the clavicle and open into the cephalic, subclavian, or internal jugular.
  • Brachial plexuses receiving a branch from the fourth cervical nerve are more cephalic with reference to the vertebral column and have been designated as high or prefixed.
  • Pancreatic juice secretion occurs in three phases: cephalic, gastric, and intestinal.


Late Middle English: from Old French cephalique, from Latin cephalicus, from Greek kephalikos, from kephalē 'head'.

Words that rhyme with cephalic

Alec, encephalic, Gallic, intervallic, italic, medallic, mesocephalic, metallic, phallic, Salic, tantalic, Uralic, Vandalic

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