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dolichocephalic Line breaks: doli¦cho|ceph¦al¦ic
Pronunciation: /ˌdɒlɪkə(ʊ)sɪˈfalɪk/

Definition of dolichocephalic in English:


Having a relatively long skull (typically with the breadth less than 80 (or 75) per cent of the length). Often contrasted with brachycephalic.
Example sentences
  • The Athenian leader was a bit of a slaphead with a dolichocephalic skull; but instead of going around enduring the jeers of the ancient tabloid media, he had a very cool solution.
  • As late as the 1930s, adherents strove to transform unsightly round heads into long, dolichocephalic ones.
  • Also evident was postorbital constriction, plus the dolichocephalic (long and narrow) nature of the brain case.


Example sentences
  • Sagittal craniosynostosis (dolichocephaly, scaphocephaly) accounts for 56% of cases and has an elongated cranial vault.
  • In single gene dolichocephaly only the posterior end of the sagittal suture line is prematurely narrowed.
  • Case 1 had trigonocephaly and up-slanting palpebral fissures, while case 2 had attention deficit, dolichocephaly and long face.


Mid 19th century: from Greek dolikhos 'long' + -cephalic.

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