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Craniofacial (cranio- combining form meaning head or skull + -facial combining form referring to the facial structures grossly) is an adjective referring to the parts of the head enclosing the brain and the face.[1]

The term is typically used to describe an area of focus for the study and treatment of certain congenital malformations or facial injuries. The first use of the term was c. 1859.[1] The first pubmed citation with the use of the term Craniofacial was in 1876 by T. H. Huxley.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "Merriam Webster Dictionary".
  2. ^ Huxley, TH (Jan 1876). "The Nature of the Craniofacial Apparatus of Petromyzon". J Anat Physiol. (Pt 2). 10 (Pt 2): 412-29. PMC 1319108. PMID 17231090.

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