PRONUNCIATION: (my-kro-suh-FA-lik)

MEANING: adjective:
1. Having an abnormally small head.
2. Small-minded.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek micro- (small) + -cephalic (having a head), from kephale (head). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ghebh-el- (head), which also gave us the word gable. Earliest documented use: 1857. The opposite of today’s word is macrocephalic.

MICRONEPHALIC - with only the tiniest bit of turbidity

OMICROCEPHALIC - having a round head with a hole in the middle, like the Greek letter O

MICRO-CEPHELIC - a dwarf variable star, whose brightness pulsates with a well-defined stable period