Definition of microcephalus in English:

microcephalus

Pronunciation /ˌmʌɪkrə(ʊ)ˈsɛfələs/ /ˌmʌɪkrə(ʊ)ˈkɛfələs/

noun

  • 1Medicine Anthropology
    rare A person with microcephaly; = "microcephalic".

  • 2Medicine
    = "microcephaly".

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Robley Dunglison (1798–1869), physician and medical writer. From scientific Latin microcephalus, lit. ‘small-headed’ (used as a specific epithet in zoology and botany from 1775) or its etymon ancient Greek μικροκέϕαλος small-headed from μικρο- + -κεϕαλος.