Definitions

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

  • n. Abnormal smallness of the head.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A neurological disorder in which the person affected has an abnormally small head due to a failure of brain growth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The condition or character presented by a small or imperfectly developed head.

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

  • n. an abnormally small head and underdeveloped brain

Etymologies

micro- + -cephaly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The study provides scientific evidence that the so-called "hobbit" bones found in 2003 on the Indonesian island of Flores belonged to a pygmy with a skull-deforming condition called microcephaly, not a member of a previously unknown species of human being,

    Pruning the Human Family Tree

  • Homo erectus, and humans with a disorder called microcephaly, which has been suggested as an explanation for the Hobbit's small stature.

    Livescience.com

  • Lauren has a neurodevelopment disorder called microcephaly, a seizure disorder, is legally blind and has delays in all area of development that leave her with the capabilities of a 4-month old.

    Berkshire Eagle Most Viewed

  • Some anthropologists dismissed the specimens as simply showing evidence of a miserable community afflicted by microcephaly, Laron syndrome, cretinism or other ailments that might produce similar physical features.

    Bones That Tell a Tale

  • The term ‘microcephaly’ covers a range of conditions which cause unusually small brain sizes.

    The Panda's Thumb: Jim Foley Archives

  • In October last year, researchers said that the Hobbit fossil found in Flores, Indonesia did not represent a new species of hominid, but was rather a small bodied modern human who suffered from a genetic condition known as microcephaly, characterized by a small head.

    Archive 2007-01-01

  • And another thing I like about you, Renner, is your gift for introducing microcephaly into seemingly unrelated conversations.

    Castle Valley Solargraph | clusterflock

  • This discovery of a new human species called Homo floresiensis has spawned much debate with some researchers claiming that the small creatures are really modern humans whose tiny head and brain are the result of a medical condition called microcephaly.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Scientific Evidence for the Lord of the Rings

  • 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.

    David Kirby: NEW STUDY - "Mitochondrial Autism" is Real; Vaccine Triggers Cannot Be Ruled Out

  • Is Homo floresiensis really an extinct species or just the skull of Homo sapiens with a genetic disorder called microcephaly?

    Boing Boing: May 21, 2006 - May 27, 2006 Archives

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