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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.]
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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]
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A soft spot in an infant’s head where skull bones have not yet fused together.
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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
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n (Physiol) → Fontanelle f
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Your infant or child has signs of dehydration, such as no wet diapers (or trips to the toilet) in more than six hours, a sunken soft spot (fontanel) on the top of his or her head; a dry mouth or crying without tears.
His height was 73 cm, weight was 3400 g, and occipitofrontal circumference was 43 cm, with a closed fontanel. Physical examination identified a series of dysmorphic features, including epicanthal folds, a flat nasal bridge, bilaterally low-set ears, and orbital hypertelorism.
Strasbourg's deputy mayor Alain Fontanel admitted that despite patrols, plainclothes police, profilers, and video surveillance, "the risks can be reduced, but not eliminated".
The anterior fontanel is large and often has a wider secondary alveolar arch.
Anterior fontanel area was calculated as anterior fontanel area (in [cm.sup.2]) = 1/2 x anteroposterior length (cm) x transverse length (cm).
We are grateful to Remy Michel for his participation in the development of the sampling protocols and to Eliane Mama, Sylvia Fontanel, and Jean-Paul Pescheux for their help collecting blood samples.
As most C-section babies are born asleep, the NnBU device focuses light on the baby's fontanel in order to create a comfortable waking process for the newborn baby.
Yet Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, a real-life romance adapted from the 1986 memoir by Peter Turner, reveals an unexpected fontanel of sentiment in McGuigan's style that " when not tipping over into bathos " can be rather lovely.
Rickets was defined on clinical examination according to age with patients showing frontal bossing, widely open anterior fontanel, widening of the wrist joint, and bowing of the legs.
Defects in the fontanel area of the lateral nasal wall observed in both axial and coronal PNsCT images were interpreted as an accessory ostium.
The clinical findings are similar to those of bacterial meningitis with symptoms including vomiting, nourishment disorders, fontanel bulging and rapid increase around the head.