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or fon·ta·nelle

noun Anatomy.
  1. one of the spaces, covered by membrane, between the bones of the fetal or young skull.
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Origin of fontanel

1375–1425; late Middle English fontinel < Middle French fontanele little spring, diminutive of fontaine fountain
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Examples from the Web for fontanel

Historical Examples

  • Leaving Father Fontanel on the veranda, she joined the American.

    She Buildeth Her House

    Will Comfort

  • Father Fontanel was found early, where the suffering was greatest in the city.

  • Stuttgart was the fontanel, as it were, for the German muse.

  • But you gave the lion's share of the dances to Captain Fontanel.

    A Book of Ghosts

    Sabine Baring-Gould

  • Father Fontanel stared at him with the most pitiful eyes ever seen in child or woman.

fontanel in Medicine


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