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cephalhematoma

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noun ceph·al·he·ma·to·ma \ ˌsef-əl-ˌhē-mə-ˈtō-mə \
variants: or cephalohematoma play \ˌsef-ə-lō-ˌhē-mə-ˈtō-mə\ or chiefly British cephalhaematoma play \ˌsef-əl-ˌhē-mə-ˈtō-mə\ or cephalohaematoma play \ˌsef-ə-lō-ˌhē-mə-ˈtō-mə\

medical Definition of cephalhematoma

plural cephalhematomas also -mata play \-mət-ə\
:a usually benign swelling formed from a hemorrhage beneath the periosteum of the skull and occurring especially over one or both of the parietal bones in newborn infants as a result of trauma sustained during delivery
  • Examination of the newborns, both at delivery and at discharge, did not detect any increase in morbidity (e.g., fractures, cephalhematomas, or hyperbilirubinemia) in the infants of mothers whose labor was actively managed.
  • —José A. López-Zeno et al.The New England Journal of Medicine13 Feb. 1992

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