[ hahy-druh-sef-uh-luhs ]
/ ˌhaɪ drəˈsɛf ə ləs /
an accumulation of serous fluid within the cranium, especially in infancy, due to obstruction of the movement of cerebrospinal fluid, often causing great enlargement of the head; water on the brain.
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Also hy·dro·ceph·a·ly [hahy-druh-sef-uh-lee]. /ˌhaɪ drəˈsɛf ə li/.
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Example sentences from the Web for hydrocephalus
The bombé forehead is characteristic of hydrocephaly, but may occur also in the scaphoid cranium.Pedagogical Anthropology|Maria Montessori
British Dictionary definitions for hydrocephalus
/ (ˌhaɪdrəʊˈsɛfələs) /
accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid within the ventricles of the brain because its normal outlet has been blocked by congenital malformation or disease. In infancy it usually results in great enlargement of the headNontechnical name: water on the brain
Derived forms of hydrocephalushydrocephalic (ˌhaɪdrəʊsɛˈfælɪk), hydrocephaloid or hydrocephalous, adjective
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Medical definitions for hydrocephalus
[ hī′drō-sĕf′ə-ləs ]
A usually congenital condition in which an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the cerebral ventricles causes enlargement of the skull and compression of the brain, destroying much of the neural tissue.
Other words from hydrocephalushy′dro•ce•phal′ic (-sə-făl′ĭk) null adj.
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Scientific definitions for hydrocephalus
[ hī′drō-sĕf′ə-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.
Other words from hydrocephalushydrocephalic adjective (hī′drō-sə-făl′ĭk)
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