One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In or relating to the head.
- ‘Pancreatic juice secretion occurs in three phases: cephalic, gastric, and intestinal.’
- ‘Brachial plexuses receiving a branch from the fourth cervical nerve are more cephalic with reference to the vertebral column and have been designated as high or prefixed.’
- ‘It may pass over the clavicle and open into the cephalic, subclavian, or internal jugular.’
- ‘At this point, it branches into the cephalic vein on the lateral aspect of the biceps muscle and the basilic vein on the medial side of the muscle.’
- ‘Based on this information, nurses ensure that patients receive appetizing food that is arranged attractively to enhance the cephalic phase of pancreatic secretion.’
Late Middle English: from Old French cephalique, from Latin cephalicus, from Greek kephalikos, from kephalē ‘head’.
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