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or fontanelle

[fon-tn-el] /ˌfɒn tnˈɛl/
noun, Anatomy.
one of the spaces, covered by membrane, between the bones of the fetal or young skull.
Origin of fontanel
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English fontinel < Middle French fontanele little spring, diminutive of fontaine fountain Unabridged
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(anatomy) any of several soft membranous gaps between the bones of the skull in a fetus or infant
Word Origin
C16 (in the sense: hollow between muscles): from Old French fontanele, literally: a little spring, from fontainefountain
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Word Origin and History for fontanelle

also fontanel, 1540s, "hollow between two muscles," from French fontanelle (16c.), from Old French fontenele "small source, fountain, spring; fontanelle," diminutive of fontaine "spring" (see fountain), on analogy of the dent in the earth where a spring arises. In reference to the "hollow" in a baby's skull, it is first recorded 1741.

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fontanelle in Medicine

fontanel fon·ta·nel or fon·ta·nelle (fŏn'tə-něl')
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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