cranial cranial  /ˈkreɪn jəl/


  • (adj) of or relating to the cranium which encloses the brain


  1. Once HSV-1 enters the body it hunkers down for life, most of the time hiding dormant in the cranial nerves near the spine.
  2. The unknown Algonquin's cranial capacity was measured at 2,200 cc.
  3. Chinese artist Ai Weiwei underwent cranial surgery this week in Munich to treat lingering pain he's suffered since being punched by a Chengdu police officer last month.



  1. "Five of the 12 cranial nerves become active in the brain," says Rutgers University Biological Anthropologist Helen Fisher. "You can see them, smell them, taste them, touch them, feel them. You're not only getting a lot of information about...
    on Feb 13, 2009 By: Helen Fisher Source: KTUL

  2. "The video game industry gave him a cranial menu that popped up in the blink of an eye, in that police station," the victims' lawyer, Jack Thompson, told CBS News. "And that menu offered him the split-second decision to kill the officers,...
    on May 12, 2006 By: Jack Thompson Source: Sydney Morning Herald

  3. "It was a very strange decision to assign them to Australopithecus," Professor Groves said. "Except for its cranial capacity - and I have my doubts about the way they estimated that - all its characters are those of Homo."
    on Apr 8, 2010 By: Colin Groves Source: ABC Online

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