hydrocephalus

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

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

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One father had traveled from Honduras with his 6-year-old child who had hydrocephalus. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "Palos pediatrician back from treating kids at U.S. border says psycho-emotional stress greater than physical toll," 6 July 2018 Later, when his symptoms did not progress like those of other sufferers such as Pope John Paul II or Muhammad Ali, the diagnosis was revised to focus on effects of hydrocephalus, water on the brain. Cathy Lynn Grossman, USA TODAY, "Billy Graham reached millions through his crusades. Here's how he did it," 21 Feb. 2018 Graham had battled a number of illnesses in his later life, including prostate cancer, Parkinson’s disease and hydrocephalus, an accumulation of fluid in the brain. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Billy Graham, the Evangelical Pastor Who Preached to Millions, Has Died at 99," 22 Feb. 2018 More significant was the Parkinson’s disease (later diagnosed as hydrocephalus). Grant Wacker, Washington Post, "How an aging Billy Graham approached his own death," 21 Feb. 2018 Graham would retire to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., or Jacksonville to be treated for hydrocephalus in 2000 or a broken hip in 2003. Cathy Lynn Grossman, USA TODAY, "Billy Graham reached millions through his crusades. Here's how he did it," 21 Feb. 2018 Scott was born with hydrocephalus (water on the brain). Priority Health, Detroit Free Press, "Fitness Community Support: Overcoming adversity," 2 Jan. 2018 Twenty-five years ago my first son, Jacob, was born with hydrocephalus, or water on the brain. Carol Glazer, Redbook, "Parents of Disabled Children Can Develop PTSD," 3 Nov. 2017 Sharpe's life was turned sideways on Friday, Aug. 25, when his son Jacob was born with hydrocephalus. Mike Hutton, Post-Tribune, "Hutton: Football turns into a sanctuary for LaPorte coach Dave Sharpe," 31 Aug. 2017

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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

noun
hy·​dro·​ceph·​a·​lus | \-ˈsef-ə-ləs, British also -ˈkef-\
plural hydrocephali\ -​ˌlī \

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

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