Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Abnormal largeness of the head. Also called megacephaly, megalocephaly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A condition in which the head is abnormally large.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. THe condition of having an unusually large head; it differs from hydrocephalus because there is no increase intracranial pressure and the overgrowth is symmetrical.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The condition of having an abnormally, or unusually, large head; macrocephalia.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an abnormally large head; differs from hydrocephalus because there is no increased intracranial pressure and the overgrowth is symmetrical

Etymologies

macro- + -cephaly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The concept of the enterprise is associated with an illness called macrocephaly [laughter].

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  • Augmentation of the volume of the head is called macrocephaly, and there are a number of curious examples related.

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  • Peek was born with a condition called macrocephaly, which damaged his cerebellum.

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  • Criteria for BRRS have not been established but the diagnosis is suspected based on the presence of physical findings including macrocephaly, hamartomatous intestinal polyps, lipomas, and pigmented areas of the penis.

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  • Over 90 percentofpeople with Cowdensyndrome (CS) have macrocephaly and skin changes, such as trichilemmomas, papillomatous papules, and acral or plantar keratoses (thickened skin or callouses on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet), by the time they are in their late 20s.

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  • Patients withBannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba syndrome (BRRS) generally have macrocephaly, polyps of the intestines, lipomas and in boys, freckling of the penis.

    PTEN Hamartoma Tumor syndrome

  • Other complications can include macrocephaly—fluid on the brain—cerebral hemorrhage caused by birth trauma, brittle teeth, and for some Type IIIs, basilar invagination—the second vertebra moves upward and cuts off the opening in the skull where the spinal cord passes through to the brain, causing dizziness, headache, periods of confusion, numbness, or even death.

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  • In addition, 17 patients had excessive fatigability or exercise intolerance and several children had abnormal physical exam findings including six with facial dysmorphism, four with microcephaly, four with macrocephaly, and five with growth retardation.

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  • Yes, they are dressed in mini skirts and footless tights and they all have what look like orthopaedic boots on their unfeasibly large feet (probably to balance their unfortunate macrocephaly) and yet I would still say that they resemble My Little Pony, (which was manuafactured because little girls like hair and horses) far more than any human being, with perhaps the exception of a morphed Beyonce.

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  • I have never had a problem with my daughter having Bratz dolls, having thought they were just Pan Asian Barbies with macrocephaly.

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