fontanel

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fontanel any membranous gap between the bones of the cranium in an infant or fetus
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fontanel (Med) An issue or artificial ulcer for the discharge of humors from the body.
    • Fontanel (Anat) One of the membranous intervals between the incompleted angles of the parietal and neighboring bones of a fetal or young skull; -- so called because it exhibits a rhythmical pulsation.
    • ***

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. fontanelle, prop., a little fountain, fr. fontaine, fountain. See Fountain

Usage

In literature:

It was on the recommendation of M. de Fontanel that Madame Bacciocchi tried this experiment, which was attended by complete success.
"Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete" by Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
Thus was it that the little household at the Fontanels felt their present existence.
"The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly" by Charles James Lever
Father Fontanel joined her behind the carriage.
"She Buildeth Her House" by Will Comfort
Garrigou and Filhol, are those of the Pyrenees and the caves of Pradiers, Bedeilhac, Labart, Niaux, Ussat, and Fontanel.
"A Manual of the Antiquity of Man" by J. P. MacLean
But you gave the lion's share of the dances to Captain Fontanel.
"A Book of Ghosts" by Sabine Baring-Gould
Stuttgart was the fontanel, as it were, for the German muse.
"The Prose Writings of Heinrich Heine" by Heinrich Heine
***

In news:

The Spin Old Crow Medicine Show w/BR549 at the Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel .
The Spin Old Crow Medicine Show w/BR549 at the Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel.
***