hydrocephalus

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noun hy·dro·ceph·a·lus \ˌhī-drō-ˈse-fə-ləs\
variants: or less commonly

hydrocephaly

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Definition of hydrocephalus

  1. :  an abnormal increase in the amount of cerebrospinal fluid within the cranial cavity (as from obstructed flow, excess production, or defective absorption) that is accompanied by expansion of the cerebral ventricles and often increased intracranial pressure, skull enlargement, and cognitive decline

Origin and Etymology of hydrocephalus

New Latin hydrocephalus, from Late Latin, hydrocephalic, adjective, from Greek hydrokephalos, from hydr- + kephalē head — more at cephalic


First Known Use: 1670


Medical Dictionary

hydrocephalus

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noun hy·dro·ceph·a·lus \-ˈsef-ə-ləs, British also -ˈkef-\

Medical Definition of hydrocephalus

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hydrocephali

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  1. :  an abnormal increase in the amount of cerebrospinal fluid within the cranial cavity (as from obstructed flow, excess production, or defective absorption) that is accompanied by expansion of the cerebral ventricles and often increased intracranial pressure, skull enlargement, and cognitive decline

Illustration of hydrocephalus


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