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

Origin and Etymology of 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 play \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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