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Pronunciation: sef′ă-lō-met′riks


  1. oral surgery, orthodontics scientific measurement of the bones of the cranium and face, using a fixed, reproducible position for lateral radiographic exposure of skull and facial bones.
  2. A scientific study of the measurements of the head with relation to specific reference points; used for evaluation of facial growth and development, including soft tissue profile.

[cephalo- + G. metron, measure]

See Also: cephalometry

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