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of or relating to the head.
situated or directed toward the head.
variant of -cephalous:
Historical Examples

of or relating to the head
situated in, on, or near the head
combining form
indicating skull or head; -headed: brachycephalic

“pertaining to the head,” early 15c., from Latin cephalicus, from Greek kephalikos “pertaining to the head,” from kephale (see cephalo-).

cephalic ce·phal·ic (sə-fāl’ĭk)

Of or relating to the head.

Located on, in, or near the head.

-cephalic suff.
Having a specified kind or number of heads: dolichocephalic.
Located on or near the head.


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