• WordNet 3.6
    • n fontanelle any membranous gap between the bones of the cranium in an infant or fetus
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Fontanelle (Anat) Same as Fontanel, 2.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fontanelle In pathology, an opening for the discharge of pus.
    • n fontanelle A vacancy between bones of the skull of a young animal, due to incompleteness of the process of ossification. The principal fontanelles of the human infant's skull are at the corners of the parietal bones, between these and the frontal, occipital, and squamosal, respectively. The frontoparietal fontanelle is the largest and lasts the longest causing the “soft spot” which may be felt just above the forehead.
    • n fontanelle Some similar opening between other bones, as in the scapular arch of some batrachians.
    • n fontanelle Also fontinel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fontanelle fon-ta-nel′ a gap between the bones of the skull of a young animal: an opening for the discharge of pus
    • Fontanelle Also Fontanel′
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary


In literature:

There are cases on record in which the fontanelles have remained open until adulthood.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
For months they had not seen a newspaper, and there had been no visitors in Fontanelle.
"The French Twins" by Lucy Fitch Perkins
The pulse of a sleeping child can often be counted at the anterior fontanelle by the eye alone.
"A Practical Physiology" by Albert F. Blaisdell
Take a nigger baby at birth; a nigger baby has no fontanelles.
"Birthright" by T.S. Stribling
The symptoms of rachitis become apparent at the pelvis and at the wide open, soft parts of the skull, the unossified fontanelles.
"Valere Aude" by Louis Dechmann
Fontanelle, Mrs. Sybil C. Gow, 8.
"The American Missionary - Volume 52, No. 2, June, 1898" by Various
If placed over one of the fontanelles, a naevus may derive pulsation from the brain, and so simulate a meningocele.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
The frontoparietal fontanelle is narrow anteriorly and wide posteriorly.
"The Systematics of the Frogs of the Hyla Rubra Group in Middle America" by Juan R. León
At the fontanelle the pulse beneath the skin throbbed terrifyingly, and the fuzz on his skull was skimpier than pin-feathers on a fledgling.
"Woman" by Magdeleine Marx
The frontoparietals are equally poorly ossified, and the frontoparietal fontanelle is extensive.
"Middle American Frogs of the Hyla microcephala Group" by William E. Duellman

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