hydrocephalus

noun
hy·​dro·​ceph·​a·​lus | \ ˌhī-drō-ˈse-fə-ləs How to pronounce hydrocephalus (audio) \
variants: or less commonly hydrocephaly \ ˌhī-​drō-​ˈse-​fə-​lē How to pronounce hydrocephaly (audio) \

Definition of hydrocephalus

: 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

Examples of hydrocephalus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In rural India, a child with hydrocephalus gets a chance at life-changing surgery after her photos go viral. Washington Post, "What to watch on Thursday: ‘Social Distance’ on Netflix," 15 Oct. 2020 The film follows a child with hydrocephalus who gets a life-changing surgery. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Everything coming to Netflix in October: From Adam Sandler's new movie to more 'Schitt's Creek'," 23 Sep. 2020 Recently, Chae was working on developing high-tech brain implants to ease the effects of hydrocephalus, according to the statement. Audrey Jensen, The Arizona Republic, "ASU creates Junseok Chae Memorial Fund to honor slain professor," 30 July 2020 Van Brusselen learned just a month before her due date that her baby had hydrocephalus, or an accumulation of fluid in the brain. NBC News, "'I hate COVID-19': Kids with disabilities struggle to adjust as schools close," 24 Mar. 2020 Her son Conner has neurological issues brought on by hydrocephalus. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Autism-friendly places in Phoenix: Here's how to 'test drive' one before you go," 9 Apr. 2020 MyLynn, 19, is on the autism spectrum, has mild cerebral palsy and hydrocephalus from excess fluid in the brain. Ryan Gillespie, orlandosentinel.com, "Lorna Doone Park is closed for construction. When it reopens, it’s ‘going to be on par with Lake Eola Park’," 4 June 2019 The surgery was the first of its kind to treat hydrocephalus in fur seals. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "First-of-Its-Kind Brain Surgery Saves Beloved Fur Seal," 2 Jan. 2018 The couple was then told their son was born with hydrocephalus, which causes extra fluid on the brain, but that his brain tissue had developed. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Parents of baby misdiagnosed with terminal brain condition in utero left fate 'in God's hands'," 28 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of hydrocephalus

1670, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hydrocephalus

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

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“Hydrocephalus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrocephalus. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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hydrocephalus

noun
hy·​dro·​ceph·​a·​lus | \ -ˈsef-ə-ləs, British also -ˈkef- How to pronounce hydrocephalus (audio) \
plural hydrocephali\ -​ˌlī How to pronounce hydrocephali (audio) \

Medical Definition of hydrocephalus

: 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

More from Merriam-Webster on hydrocephalus

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