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

  • n. Any of the soft membranous gaps between the incompletely formed cranial bones of a fetus or an infant. Also called soft spot.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of fontanelle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An issue or artificial ulcer for the discharge of humors from the body.
  • n. 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.

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


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

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


  • FEIGIN: You have a spot called the fontanel but the thickness of the skull is minimal and it ` s easily fractured with not a whole lot of force.

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  • The fontanel is the soft spot on the top of a newborn baby's head.

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  • A roofline so soft and round it practically has a fontanel; huge and slightly unfocused headlamps; a grille that seems to be missing a binkie.

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  • Being so frightfully concerned for her, I refused to touch the soft fontanel at the top of her head for any reason.

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  • The larger fontanel usually closes by eighteen months after the birth; the smaller one closes by two to six months.

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  • A large, diamond-shaped fontanel is on the top front portion of her skull, and a smaller, triangle-shaped one is at the back.

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  • When a child is born, that part of the skull—the fontanel—is still soft and not yet closed.

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  • In another back bedroom, there was a mushy hole beneath the linoleum, a soft spot, like a baby's fontanel.

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  • Because they are bred to be so tiny, Chihuahuas are born with a soft fontanel on their skull, like a human baby, that they never completely lose.


  • The tip of the tongue points straight to the fontanel at the top of the head (the 'soft' spot) and is reputed to open up the nadis or energy channels in the body.

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  • Also spelled fontanelle.

    October 28, 2007