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Medical Term:

phrenology

Pronunciation: fre-nol'o-je

Definition: An obsolete doctrine asserting each mental faculty is located in a definite part of the cerebral cortex, the size of which part varies in a direct ratio with the development and strength of the corresponding faculty; this size is indicated by the external configuration of the skull.

Synonym(s): craniognomy

[phreno- + G. logos, study]

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