fontanel

noun
fon·​ta·​nel | \ ˌfän-tə-ˈnel How to pronounce fontanel (audio) , 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fontanel. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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fontanel

noun
fon·​ta·​nel
variants: or fontanelle \ ˌfänt-​ᵊn-​ˈel, ˈfänt-​ᵊn-​ˌ How to pronounce fontanelle (audio) \

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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