Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A usually congenital condition in which an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the cerebral ventricles causes enlargement of the skull and compression of the brain, destroying much of the neural tissue.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. (medicine) A usually congenital condition in which an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the cerebral ventricles causes enlargement of the skull and compression of the brain, destroying much of the neural tissue

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An accumulation of liquid within the cavity of the cranium, especially within the ventricles of the brain; dropsy of the brain. It is due usually to tubercular meningitis. When it occurs in infancy, it often enlarges the head enormously.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In pathology, an accumulation of serous fluid within the cranial cavity, either in the subdural space (external hydrocephalus) or in the ventricles (internal hydrocephalus).
  • n. [capitalized] In zoology, a genus of trilobites.

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

  • n. an abnormal condition in which cerebrospinal fluid collects in the ventricles of the brain; in infants it can cause abnormally rapid growth of the head and bulging fontanelles and a small face; in adults the symptoms are primarily neurological

Etymologies

New Latin, from Greek hudrokephalon : hudro-, hydro- + kephalē, head; see ghebh-el- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Fetal hydrocephalus is also commonly associated with congenital malformation syndromes.

    Hydrocephalus

  • Traditionally, hydrocephalus is detected and treated after birth with a shunting procedure.

    Hydrocephalus

  • The most common form of isolated, obstructive hydrocephalus is so-called “aqueductal stenosis,” which is the blockage of CSF passage through the aqueduct of Sylvius.

    Hydrocephalus

  • I have an illness called hydrocephalus, which is like having water on the brain.

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  • Yes | No | Report from lost my zero wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago in 2004 I got hydrocephalus from a brain tumor. it was removed in 2005, a "hemioblastoma". now I have double vision, corrected with glasses. my balance is terrible, use a cane or walker to get around. hopefully I can go deer hunting again someday. sigh

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  • Michael, with hydrocephalus, is five minutes older than Vladimir, who is deaf.

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  • Fluid on the brain, you know, can also refer to a condition known as hydrocephalus, which is just normal fluid on the brain.

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  • Valerie, who suffered from a buildup of brain fluid called hydrocephalus, died in 2007.

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  • Slowly, he explained I had an unidentifiable mass in my brain causing a condition known as hydrocephalus, or “water on the brain.”

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  • His disability was caused by a congenital defect; a small "drain" in his brain is too narrow, resulting in a condition commonly called hydrocephalus or "water on the brain."

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