Definition of cephalic in English:


Pronunciation /səˈfalik/ /səˈfælɪk/

Translate cephalic into Spanish


  • Of, in, or relating to the head.

    ‘It may pass over the clavicle and open into the cephalic, subclavian, or internal jugular.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Pancreatic juice secretion occurs in three phases: cephalic, gastric, and intestinal.’
    • ‘Based on this information, nurses ensure that patients receive appetizing food that is arranged attractively to enhance the cephalic phase of pancreatic secretion.’
    • ‘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.’


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