- 1. Evolutionary tendency for important functions of the nervous system to move forward in the brain. 2. Initiation and concentration of the growth tendency at the anterior end of the embryo.
* * *ceph·a·li·za·tion or Brit ceph·a·li·sa·tion .sef-ə-lə-'zā-shən n an evolutionary tendency to specialization of the body with concentration of sensory and neural organs in an anterior head
* * *ceph·a·li·za·tion (sef″ə-lĭ-zaґshən) [Gr. kephalē head] 1. the concentration or initiation of the growth tendency at the head end of the embryo. 2. the development of a head; the concentration of nervous tissue and sense organs at the anterior end of the organism.
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