- an accumulation of serous fluid within the cranium, especially in infancy, due to obstruction of the movement of cerebrospinal fluid, often causing great enlargement of the head; water on the brain.
Also hy·dro·ceph·a·ly [hahy-druh-sef-uh-lee] /ˌhaɪ drəˈsɛf ə li/.
Origin of hydrocephalus
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The bombé forehead is characteristic of hydrocephaly, but may occur also in the scaphoid cranium.Pedagogical Anthropology
- accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid within the ventricles of the brain because its normal outlet has been blocked by congenital malformation or disease. In infancy it usually results in great enlargement of the headNontechnical name: water on the brain
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Word Origin and History for hydrocephaly
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- 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.
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- A usually congenital condition in which an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the cerebral ventricles causes enlargement of the skull and compression of and injury to brain tissue. If hydrocephalus becomes progressive, a shunt is surgically placed to reduce pressure by conducting fluid away from the brain, usually to the peritoneum.
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