hydrocephalus

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hy·dro·ceph·a·lus

 (hī′drō-sĕf′ə-ləs) also hy·dro·ceph·a·ly (-lē)
n.
A usually congenital condition in which an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the cerebral ventricles causes enlargement of the skull and compression of the brain, destroying much of the neural tissue.

[New Latin, from Greek hudrokephalon : hudro-, hydro- + kephalē, head; see ghebh-el- in Indo-European roots.]

hy′dro·ce·phal′ic (-sə-făl′ĭk), hy′dro·ceph′a·loid′ (-loid′), hy′dro·ceph′a·lous (-ləs) adj.

hydrocephalus

(ˌhaɪdrəʊˈsɛfələs) or

hydrocephaly

n
(Pathology) accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid within the ventricles of the brain because its normal outlet has been blocked by congenital malformation or disease. In infancy it usually results in great enlargement of the head. Nontechnical name: water on the brain
hydrocephalic, ˌhydroˈcephaloid, ˌhydroˈcephalous adj

hy•dro•ceph•a•lus

(ˌhaɪ drəˈsɛf ə ləs)

also hy`dro•ceph′a•ly,



n.
an accumulation of serous fluid within the cranium, esp. in infancy, due to obstruction of the movement of cerebrospinal fluid, often causing great enlargement of the head; water on the brain.
[1660–70; < Late Latin hydrocephalus (morbus) water-headed (sickness), translation of Greek tò hydroképhalon páthos. See hydro-1, -cephalous]
hy•dro•ce•phal•ic (ˌhaɪ droʊ səˈfæl ɪk) adj., n.
hy`dro•ceph′a•lous, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hydrocephalus - an abnormal condition in which cerebrospinal fluid collects in the ventricles of the brain; in infants it can cause abnormally rapid growth of the head and bulging fontanelles and a small face; in adults the symptoms are primarily neurological
abnormalcy, abnormality - an abnormal physical condition resulting from defective genes or developmental deficiencies
Translations

hydrocephalus

[ˌhaɪdrəʊˈsefələs] Nhidrocefalia f

hy·dro·ceph·a·lus

[MIM*236600]
n. hidrocéfalo, acumulación de líquido cefalorraquídeo en los ventrículos del cerebro.

hydrocephalus

n hidrocefalia; normal pressure — hidrocefalia normotensiva
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The vast majority of these patients (140) have cerebral palsy, the rest suffer from congenital hydrocephalus and other brain injuries.
The etiology of hydrocephalus was intraventricular hemorrhage in 11, meningomyelocele in 4, congenital hydrocephalus in 3 patients.
In the past we have seen patients with congenital hydrocephalus but we have not seen this big a head before.

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