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Brachycephaly, also known as flat-head syndrome, is a type of cephalic disorder. This occurs when the coronal suture fuse prematurely, causing a shortened front-to-back diameter of the skull. The coronal suture is the fibrous joint that unites the frontal bone with the two parietal bones of the skull. The parietal bones form the top and sides of the skull.

Brachycephaly also describes a developmentally normal type of skull with a low cephalic index, such as in snub-nosed breeds of dog.

ee also

* Craniostenosis

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* [ NINDS Overview]
* [ FP Notebook]

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  • Brachycephaly — Brach y*ceph a*ly, Brachycephalism Brach y*ceph a*lism, n. [Cf. F. Brachyc[ e]phalie] . (Anat.) The state or condition of being brachycephalic; shortness of head. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Brachycephaly — A short head, one that is short in diameter from front to back. Brachycephaly is a frequent feature of syndromes of congenital malformation (birth defect complexes) including Down syndrome (trisomy 21). The word brachycephaly or, as it sometimes… …   Medical dictionary

  • brachycephaly — noun see brachycephalic …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • brachycephaly — See brachycephalic. * * * …   Universalium

  • brachycephaly — noun A congenital condition wherein the skull is flattened front to back, so that the head is short and broad. See Also: cephalic index, plagiocephaly, scaphocephaly …   Wiktionary

  • brachycephaly — n. condition of having a short head (Medicine) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • brachycephaly — brachy·ceph·a·ly …   English syllables

  • brachycephaly — n. shortness of the skull, with a cephalic index of about 80. Derivatives: brachycephalic adj …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • brachycephaly — /brækiˈsɛfəli/ (say brakee sefuhlee) noun an abnormality of the skull in which the shape of the head is disproportionately wide and flattens towards the top, usually caused by premature fusion of the coronal sutures, or by external deformation… …  

  • brachycephaly — noun the quality of being brachycephalic • Syn: ↑brachycephalism • Derivationally related forms: ↑brachycephalic • Hypernyms: ↑quality * * * lē noun ( …   Useful english dictionary

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