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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 condition is manifested in babies with a bulging fontanelle (the soft spot on the top of the skull) and an abnormal enlargement of the head.
Leen, two months after the surgery The condition is manifested in babies with a bulging fontanelle (the soft spot on the top of the skull) and an abnormal enlargement of the head.
The catacombs tour ends a short walk from the Fontanelle cemetery, whose chambers are stacked high with thousands of skulls, mostly anonymous plague victims.
One of the major changes I have witnessed is the diminishing fontanelle.
Examination revealed open and flat anterior fontanelle, depressed neonatal reflexes and unremarkable systemic examination.
Identified by Marlin Herbst, Merrill, Iowa; Alan Easley, Columbia, Mo.; Gary Cooper, Fontanelle, Fla.; Dwayne Hanson; Dale Martin, Ephrata, Pa.; Duane Bjerketvedt; Fred Yutzy; Dean Delavan, Cincinnatus, N.Y.; Bruce Ward, Rice Lake, Wis.; John Ernst; Mark Oliphant, Ocala, Fla.; and Harry Jones.
I knew the signs to watch out for so when she developed a temperature and her fontanelle started to bulge I rang the VHI nurse helpline
Complete physical examination was performed and complications of mercury administration like abdominal distension, dyspnoea, pallor, bulging anterior fontanelle were also noted.
In more serious cases the signs are dry lips, thirst, irritability, restlessness, body weakness, sunken eyes and a sunken fontanelle.
The NHS website says that a baby or young child with meningitis may: | Have a high fever, with cold hands and feet; | Vomit and refuse to feed; | | Feel agitated and not want to be | picked up; | | Become drowsy, floppy and | unresponsive; | | Grunt or breathe rapidly; Have an | unusual high-pitched or moaning cry; | | Have pale, blotchy skin, and a red rash that doesn't fade when a glass is rolled over it; Have a tense, bulging soft spot on their head (fontanelle); | Have a stiff neck and dislike bright lights; Have convulsions or seizures.
According to NHS Wales, a baby may be dehydrated if they: | have a sunken soft spot (fontanelle) on their head | have few or no tears when they cry | have fewer wet nappies | are drowsy The body is affected even when you lose a small amount of fluid.