Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of the soft membranous gaps between the incompletely formed cranial bones of a fetus or an infant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.), obsolete An issue or artificial ulcer for the discharge of humors from the body.
  • noun (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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Alternative spelling of fontanelle.

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

  • noun any membranous gap between the bones of the cranium in an infant or fetus

Etymologies

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

[Middle English fontinel, from Old French fontanele, diminutive of fontaine, fountain; see fountain.]

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  • Also spelled fontanelle.

    October 28, 2007