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

  • adj. Of or relating to the skull or cranium.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the cranium.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

  • adj. of or relating to the cranium which encloses the brain


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

From cranium.


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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Now, for the first time ever, neurosurgeons from all over the world have congregated to perform a first, a separation of the two heads, the condition known as cranial pegus parasiticus (ph), or parasite twin.

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  • When twins are connected at the top of the head and one stops growing, you develop this situation, known as cranial pegus parasiticus (ph), or twin parasite.

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  • Patients who have received one of the 322 recalled cranial implant kits should speak with their surgeon immediately to determine the safest way to have the kits removed.

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