craniosynostosis


cra·nio·syn·os·to·sis

noun \-ˌsi-ˌnäs-ˈtō-səs\

Definition of CRANIOSYNOSTOSIS

:  premature fusion of the sutures of the skull

Origin of CRANIOSYNOSTOSIS

New Latin
First Known Use: 1951

cra·nio·syn·os·to·sis

noun \-ˌsin-ˌäs-ˈtō-səs\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural cra·nio·syn·os·to·ses \-ˌsēz\ or cra·nio·syn·os·to·sis·es

Medical Definition of CRANIOSYNOSTOSIS

: premature fusion of the sutures of the skull

craniosynostosis

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Cranial deformity produced when the bones of the skull fuse too early. Pressure from the growing brain normally causes the skull bones to grow along the seams (cranial sutures) between them. If all the sutures fuse early, the head remains abnormally small, which can cause intellectual disability or blindness. If only one or some fuse early, the skull grows in other directions and becomes deformed. Surgery in the first two years to keep the sutures open longer minimizes these complications.

Variants of CRANIOSYNOSTOSIS

craniosynostosis or craniostosis

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