[ hahy-droh-suh-fal-ik ]
/ ˌhaɪ droʊ səˈfæl ɪk /

adjective Pathology.

of or relating to hydrocephalus.
Also hy·dro·ceph·a·lous [hahy-druh-sef-uh-luh s] /ˌhaɪ drəˈsɛf ə ləs/.

Origin of hydrocephalic

First recorded in 1805–15; hydrocephal(us) + -ic
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Examples from the Web for hydrocephalic

  • As for Swinburne's hydrocephalic muse, I do not think Whitman took any interest in it from the first.

    Whitman|John Burroughs
  • They are perhaps passable portraits of the languid, half-witted, hydrocephalic creatures who made them.

    William Shakespeare|John Masefield

Science definitions for hydrocephalic


[ hī′drō-sĕfə-ləs ]

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.

Related forms

hydrocephalic adjective (hī′drō-sə-fălĭk)
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