fontanel

or fon·ta·nelle

[fon-tn-el]

Origin of fontanel

1375–1425; late Middle English fontinel < Middle French fontanele little spring, diminutive of fontaine fountain
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fontanel in Medicine

fontanel

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