Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A form of hernia of the brain and its membranes through an opening in the skull

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Hernia of the brain.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In pathology, hernia of the brain.
  • n. In anatomy, the entire cavity of the encephalon, consisting of the several cœliæ or ventricles and their connecting passages.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. protrusion of brain tissue through a congenital fissure in the skull

Etymologies

From encephalo- + -cele. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The thing is that since they told me that the baby had this condition, "encephalocele", I have been doing a lot of research on this condition and I have become reasonable optimistic regarding the prognosis.

    They keep assuming she'll abort her sick baby

  • They are known as (1) _meningocele_, which consists of a protrusion of a cul-de-sac of the arachno-pial membrane, containing cerebro-spinal fluid; (2) _encephalocele_, in which a portion of the brain is protruded in addition to the membranes; and (3) _hydrencephalocele_, in which the protruded portion of brain includes a part of one of the ventricles.

    Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities—Head—Neck. Sixth Edition.

  • A less common situation is the anterior part of the orbit, near the nasal wall, and this variety, from its position and from the fact that it is usually met with in children, is liable to be confused with orbital meningocele or encephalocele.

    Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities—Head—Neck. Sixth Edition.

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