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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about fontanel

Dictionary Entries near fontanel

Fontainea

Fontainebleau

Fontana

fontanel

fontange

Fontanne

fontes

Statistics for fontanel

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for fontanel

The first known use of fontanel was in 1741

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for fontanel

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

More from Merriam-Webster on fontanel

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with fontanel

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about fontanel

Comments on fontanel

What made you want to look up fontanel? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

friendly or mild

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Where in the World? A Quiz

  • peter bruegel tower of babel painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!