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fon·ta·nel

also fon·ta·nelle  (fŏn′tə-nĕl′)
n.
Any of the soft membranous gaps between the incompletely formed cranial bones of a fetus or an infant. Also called soft spot.

[Middle English fontinel, from Old French fontanele, diminutive of fontaine, fountain; see fountain.]

fontanelle

(ˌfɒntəˈnɛl) or

fontanel

n
(Anatomy) anatomy any of several soft membranous gaps between the bones of the skull in a fetus or infant
[C16 (in the sense: hollow between muscles): from Old French fontanele, literally: a little spring, from fontaine fountain]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fontanelle - any membranous gap between the bones of the cranium in an infant or fetusfontanelle - any membranous gap between the bones of the cranium in an infant or fetus
child's body - the body of a human child
orifice, porta, opening - an aperture or hole that opens into a bodily cavity; "the orifice into the aorta from the lower left chamber of the heart"
braincase, brainpan, cranium - the part of the skull that encloses the brain
anterior fontanelle - corresponds to the bregma when bones have ossified
sphenoid fontanel, sphenoid fontanelle, sphenoidal fontanel, sphenoidal fontanelle - the irregularly shaped area on either side of the cranium where the frontal bone and the anterior tip of the parietal bone and the temporal bone and the greater wing of the sphenoid bone meet; corresponds to the pterion when bones have ossified
Translations

fontanelle

fontanel [ˌfɒntəˈnel] Nfontanela f

fontanelle

n fontanela, mollera
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The accessory ostia of the maxillary sinus are present in the anterior and posterior nasal fontanelles, the bone deficient areas in lateral nasal wall behind and below uncinate process.
Dining and attendance in Les Fontanelles Municipal Nursery School in the town of Benidorm.
If they are very small, fontanelles can correct as puppies grow, so that proper closure of the skull is achieved by around six months of age.
Diagnosis: Member of Tropidemys differing from the other known species of this genus due to the presence of anterior and middle neurals markedly longer than wide, with anterolateral margins much shorter than the posterolaterals; very wide vertebral scutes; presence of fontanelles between the costal and peripheral plates along all or most of their ontogeny.
Veterinarians will also look for heart murmurs, open fontanelles (soft spots in the skull when bones fail to close), abdominal hernias and lameness or orthopedic abnormalities.
Once located, the natural ostium can be wined anteriorly or posteriorly so that it communicates with the fontanelles to the extent permitted by any disease or stenosis that may be present.
The fontanelles are fibrous, membrane-covered gaps where more than two cranial bones are juxtaposed.
Skull films showed a large cranial vault with persistent open fontanelles and wide sutures, as well as wormian bones.
Nuchal-notch very flat, caudal-notch broad and flat; large fontanelles are present, horn plates furrows ontogenetically and individually variable, centrals very wide, about 1/2 of the width of the Carapace.
The reasons for the use of these applications include; prevention of childhood illnesses, prevention and treatment of skin rashes, and treatment of convulsion and "warding off evil", as well as enhancement of intelligence, and closure of the fontanelles.
17 lb), his fontanelles were normal, and his temperature was 37.
Babies: You can tell if a baby is dehydrated by checking the fontanelles (soft spot) on their head.