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or fon·ta·nelle

[ fon-tn-el ]
/ ˌfɒn tnˈɛl /

noun Anatomy.

one of the spaces, covered by membrane, between the bones of the fetal or young skull.

Nearby words

fontainebleau school, fontal, fontana, fontana, domenico, fontane, fontanel, fontanelle, fontange, fontanne, fontanne, lynn, fontenelle

Origin of fontanel

1375–1425; late Middle English fontinel < Middle French fontanele little spring, diminutive of fontaine fountain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Medicine definitions for fontanel



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