Definition of cephalic in English:



  • Of, in, or relating to the head.

    • ‘Pancreatic juice secretion occurs in three phases: cephalic, gastric, and intestinal.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.