fontanel

noun
fon·ta·nel | \ˌfän-tə-ˈnel, ˈfän-tə-ˌnel\
variants: or fontanelle

Definition of fontanel 

: a membrane-covered opening in bone or between bones specifically : any of the spaces closed by membranous structures between the uncompleted angles of the parietal bones and the neighboring bones of a fetal or young skull

First Known Use of fontanel

1741, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fontanel

Middle English fontinelle a bodily hollow or pit, from Anglo-French funtainele, diminutive of funtaine fountain

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fontanel

noun
fon·ta·nel
variants: or fontanelle \ˌfänt-ᵊn-ˈel, ˈfänt-ᵊn-ˌ \

Medical Definition of fontanel 

: a membrane-covered opening in bone or between bones specifically : any of the spaces closed by membranous structures between the uncompleted angles of the parietal bones and the neighboring bones of a fetal or young skull

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