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Meaning of FONTANEL

Pronunciation:  `fân'tnel

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  any membranous gap between the bones of the cranium in an infant or fetus

FONTANEL is a 8 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: fontanelle, soft spot
 See Also: anterior fontanelle, braincase, brainpan, child's body, cranium, opening, orifice, porta, sphenoid fontanel, sphenoid fontanelle, sphenoidal fontanel, sphenoidal fontanelle



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Fon"ta*nel`\, n. [F. fontanelle, prop., a little
fountain, fr. fontaine fountain. See {Fountain}.]
1. (Med.) An issue or artificial ulcer for the discharge of
   humors from the body.[Obs.] --Wiseman.

2. (Anat.) One of the membranous intervals between the
   incompleted angles of the parietal and neighboring bones
   of a fetal or young skull; -- so called because it
   exhibits a rhythmical pulsation.

Note: In the human fetus there are six fontanels, of which
      the anterior, or bregmatic, situated at the junction of
      the coronal and sagittal sutures, is much the largest,
      and remains open a considerable time after birth.