Origin of fontanel
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Historical Examples of 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
Word Origin 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.