Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to the skull or cranium.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Relating in any way to the cranium or skull.
  • Specifically Pertaining to the cranium proper, or to that part of the skull which incloses the brain, as distinguished from the face: opposed to facial.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the cranium.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of or relating to the cranium, or to the skull.

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

  • adjective of or relating to the cranium which encloses the brain

Etymologies

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

[From cranium.]

Examples

  • An acquaintance, a plastic surgeon who specializes in cranial reconstruction, was returning from a conference on head injuries on September 11.

    Coping Strategies

  • An acquaintance, a plastic surgeon who specializes in cranial reconstruction, was returning from a conference on head injuries on September 11.

    Coping Strategies

  • They carry information from one part of the brain to another, as well as back and forth between the brain and the rest of the body by way of the spinal cord and some specialized structures called cranial nerves.

    You Raising Your Child

  • They carry information from one part of the brain to another, as well as back and forth between the brain and the rest of the body by way of the spinal cord and some specialized structures called cranial nerves.

    You Raising Your Child

  • They carry information from one part of the brain to another, as well as back and forth between the brain and the rest of the body by way of the spinal cord and some specialized structures called cranial nerves.

    You Raising Your Child

  • They carry information from one part of the brain to another, as well as back and forth between the brain and the rest of the body by way of the spinal cord and some specialized structures called cranial nerves.

    You Raising Your Child

  • The nerve fiber attached to these organs—specifically called cranial nerve zero because all the other numbers were already taken before it was discovered—responds specifically to scents from potential mates.

    You Being Beautiful

  • The nerve fiber attached to these organs—specifically called cranial nerve zero because all the other numbers were already taken before it was discovered—responds specifically to scents from potential mates.

    You Being Beautiful

  • A new study says that laser scans reveal that the left side of Lincolns face was smaller than the right, a facial defect known as cranial microsomia.

    CNN Transcript Aug 14, 2007

  • The procedure Dr. Michael R. Egnor performed, called a cranial cruciate decompression, involved removing four triangular sections of bone from the top of Bobby's skull, leaving behind a cross-shaped, floating section to protect a large vein and four openings through which the swelling could protrude, alleviating the pressure.

    "The inside of the body is a very good place to store things like this."

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