hydrocephalic

adjective

hy·​dro·​ce·​phal·​ic ˌhī-drō-sə-ˈfa-lik How to pronounce hydrocephalic (audio)
: relating to, characterized by, or affected with hydrocephalus
hydrocephalic noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web That pain begins in pre-memory, when, 5 months old and hydrocephalic, Alexie needs surgery to relieve the excess cerebral spinal fluid pressing on his brain, and from that moment on, the hits keep coming. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, 30 July 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1815, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hydrocephalic was in 1815

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Cite this Entry

“Hydrocephalic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrocephalic. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

hydrocephalic 1 of 2

adjective

hy·​dro·​ce·​phal·​ic
ˌhī-drō-sə-ˈfal-ik, British also -kə-ˈfal-
: relating to, characterized by, or affected with hydrocephalus

hydrocephalic

2 of 2

noun

: one affected with hydrocephalus
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