cephalitis ceph·a·li·tis (sěf’ə-lī’tĭs)
a tendency in the development of animals to localization of important organs or parts in or near the head. noun (in the evolution of animals) development of a head by the concentration of feeding and sensory organs and nervous tissue at the anterior end n. 1864, coined by U.S. zoologist James D. Dana (1813-1895) from […]
a combining form meaning “head,” used in the formation of compound words: cephalometry. combining form indicating the head: cephalopod before vowels, cephal-, word-forming element meaning “head, skull, brain,” Modern Latin combining form of Greek kephale “head,” perhaps from PIE *ghebh-el-. cephalo- or cephal- pref. Head: cephalometry.
- Cephalocaudal axis
cephalocaudal axis ceph·a·lo·cau·dal axis (sěf’ə-lō-kôd’l) n. The long axis of the body.
cephalocele ceph·a·lo·cele (sěf’ə-lō-sēl’) n. See encephalocele.