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also fon·ta·nelle  (fŏn′tə-nĕl′)
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.]


or fon•ta•nelle

(ˌfɒn tnˈɛl)

any of the spaces, covered by membrane, between the bones of a fetal or young skull.
[1375–1425; late Middle English fontinel < Middle French fontanele little spring, fountain]


A soft spot in an infant’s head where skull bones have not yet fused together.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fontanel - any membranous gap between the bones of the cranium in an infant or fetusfontanel - 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


n (Physiol) → Fontanelle f
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The authors report for the first time a case of a CIDC over the posterior fontanel.
Place the vacuum extractor over the sagittal suture about 6 cm distal to the anterior fontanel and 2 cm proximal to the posterior fontanel.
Position the center of a vacuum cup 3 cm from the posterior fontanel, which puts the leading part of the cup about 3 cm from the anterior fontanel.

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