Definition of cranial index in US English:

cranial index


  • another term for cephalic index
    • ‘For example, the cranial index is calculated to show the relationship between length and breadth of the cranial vault.’
    • ‘This heterogeneity gradually decreased with the increase of the mean cranial index.’
    • ‘I found the cranial index worked best for me, because the sphere itself always look like a sphere whatever the angle or perspective is.’
    • ‘The cranial index was used widely during the early days of physical anthropology.’
    • ‘Her head was asymmetrical by 17 mm, and with a cranial index measurement of 104%, it was actually wider than it was long.’


cranial index

/ˈkrānēəl ˈinˌdeks/