- one of the spaces, covered by membrane, between the bones of the fetal or young skull.
Origin of fontanel
Examples from the Web for fontanelle
The basicranial axis is straight, and the fontanelle in the lachrymal region is very large.The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia
Frank Evers Beddard
Fontanelle, fon-ta-nel′, n. a gap between the bones of the skull of a young animal: an opening for the discharge of pus.
Firschein used the presence of the fontanelle to distinguish guttilatus from his petrophilus.
A keyhole-shaped frontoparietal fontanelle is present; the fontanelle is narrow anteriorly and wide posteriorly.
Furthermore, the fontanelle in question may alter its characteristic appearance in certain forms of sickness.Pedagogical Anthropology
mainly US fontanel
- anatomy any of several soft membranous gaps between the bones of the skull in a fetus or infant
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.
- Any of the soft membranous gaps between the incompletely formed cranial bones of a fetus or infant.soft spot