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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
References in periodicals archive ?
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.
Provided appropriate consent is given, cerebrospinal fluid can be drained by cutting into the intact dura at the fontanelles while the brain is still in the skull and immersing the whole body in 15% to 20% formalin for a prolonged period.
Fontanelles normally close by about two years of age , while the sutures between the bones may persist into early adolescence.
Overdosage symptoms include tight, bandlike headache (increased intracranial pressure), bulging fontanelles, nose bleed, or chapped lips.
Patients usually complain of headache, nausea, vomiting, lethargy, irritability and sometimes increasing head size with bulging fontanelles.