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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.]
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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]
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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
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Translations

fontanelle

fontanel [ˌfɒntəˈnel] Nfontanela f
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fontanelle

n fontanela, mollera
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References in periodicals archive ?
* Bulging of the soft spots (fontanels) of an infant's skull
f) Bulging fontanels, neck retraction, shrill cry & seizures.
Many obstetricians report that they can reliably detect a fetus in the OP position based upon abdominal palpation of the fetal spine and digital vaginal examination of the fetal sutures, fontanels, and ears.
Cranial and facial features include frontal and parietal bossing, beaked nose, prominent eyes with blue sclera, hypoplasia of the maxilla and mandible, open fontanels and sutures, thick calvaria, and hypoplastic paranasal sinuses [1, 2].
A remarkable observation made during the first examination was a hypoplastic calvaria, expressed as huge fontanels and an asymmetry of the cranial bones.
Mutations in CTSK result in impaired bone resorption consequently leading to short stature, increased bone density, recurrent fractures, stubby hands and feet with dystrophic nails, unossified fontanels, and an obtuse mandibular.
Physical examination revealed disharmonic short stature (Figure 1), a craniofacial dysmorphism characterized by: macrocephaly with flat occiput, wide fontanels, high forehead, high anterior hairline, nevus flameus on forehead, hypertelorism, flat nasal bridge with anteverted nostrils and wide nasal base, short and deep philtrum, microretrognathia, microstomia, cleft palate, low-set and posteriorly rotated ears and short neck (Figure 2).
Common symptoms of CCD include hypoplasia or aplasia of the clavicles, delayed or even absent closure of the fontanels, midface hypoplasia, short stature, and delayed eruption of permanent and supernumerary teeth.
The patient's radiographs revealed a very obtuse mandibular angle, general increase in bone density, and open fontanels and sutures (Figure 2).
20% of the physicians thought that vitamin D supplementation should be stopped in babies with small anterior fontanels. We suppose that this belief is because of a misconception that if vitamin D deficiency can delay anterior fontanel closure, an early closure of fontanel should indicate vitamin D excess.
Cleidocranial dyspalsia is a rare congenital skeletal disorder, associated with hypoplasia or aplasia of clavicles, delayed closure of cranial sutures and fontanels, frontoparietal bossing, delayed exfoliation of primary dentition, delayed or failure of eruption of permanent teeth, and presence of multiple supernumerary teeth.