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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: skaf'o-sef'a-le


A form of craniosynostosis that results in a long, narrow head in which the parietal eminences are absent and frontal and occiptal protrusions are conspicuous; there may be a crest indicating the site of a prenatally closed sagittal suture; sometimes accompanied by mental retardation.

Synonym(s): cymbocephaly, sagittal synostosis, scaphocephalism, tectocephaly

[scapho- + G. kephale, head]

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