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a tendency in the development of animals to localization of important organs or parts in or near the head.
(in the evolution of animals) development of a head by the concentration of feeding and sensory organs and nervous tissue at the anterior end

1864, coined by U.S. zoologist James D. Dana (1813-1895) from Greek kephale “head” (see cephalo-) on model of specialization, etc.


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