can't find this word "hypercephalic" in the dictionary. what does it mean? thanks! Thanks for all the answers! The orginial sentence is "he may have been born deformed or crippled or he may have been hypercephalic."
Jun 25, 2012 9:07 AM
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Agree with Steerpike, but ... Hyper- as a prefix means over, beyond, more than is normal. Cephalic means relating to the head. So 'hypercephalic' could mean 'having an unusually large head'. Perhaps it is a clever (or pretentious) way to call someone big-headed. :)
June 25, 2012
I agree as well - it's a made-up word, but you can deduce the meaning from its parts, as Claire has shown. It turns out it's straight from a cartoon called Sam & Max: "Aw, it's a cute little hypercephalic kitten." It's also probably a mispronunciation of "hydrocephalic", which means an excess of fluid (and therefore pressure) around the brain, leading to a swollen head, physical problems from a malfunctioning brain, and possible death. This sounds like typical Sam & Max humour.
June 25, 2012
That would suggest it is not a real word.
June 25, 2012
I was going to attempt to answer this, but it looks like everyone else got there first!! Beth, that sounds horrible!! :(
June 27, 2012
Sorry for your loss,Beth! 我不知道腦積水會那麼嚴重.
June 26, 2012
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