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hydrocephalus

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noun hy·dro·ceph·a·lus \-ˈsef-ə-ləs, British also -ˈkef-\

Medical Definition of hydrocephalus

plural hydrocephali \-ˌlī\play

  1. :  an abnormal increase in the amount of cerebrospinal fluid within the cranial cavity (as from obstructed flow, excess production, or defective absorption) that is accompanied by expansion of the cerebral ventricles and often increased intracranial pressure, skull enlargement, and cognitive decline



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