Definition of cephalic in English:

cephalic

adjective

technical
  • In or relating to the head.

    • ‘Based on this information, nurses ensure that patients receive appetizing food that is arranged attractively to enhance the cephalic phase of pancreatic secretion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Pancreatic juice secretion occurs in three phases: cephalic, gastric, and intestinal.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French cephalique, from Latin cephalicus, from Greek kephalikos, from kephalē head.

Pronunciation:

cephalic

/sɪˈfalɪk//kɛˈfalɪk/