Cephalic Ce*phal"ic, a. [L. cephalicus, Gr. ?, fr. kefalh` head: cf. F. c['e]phalique.] (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the head. See the Note under {Anterior}. [1913 Webster]

{Cephalic index} (Anat.), the ratio of the breadth of the cranium to the length, which is taken as the standard, and equal to 100; the breadth index.

{Cephalic vein}, a large vein running from the back of the head alond the arm; -- so named because the ancients used to open it for disorders of the head. --Dunglison. [1913 Webster]

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