Dictionary.com

hydrocephalus

[ hahy-druh-sef-uh-luhs ]
/ ˌhaɪ drəˈsɛf ə ləs /
Save This Word!

noun Pathology.
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.
QUIZ
ARE YOU A TRUE BLUE CHAMPION OF THESE "BLUE" SYNONYMS?
We could talk until we're blue in the face about this quiz on words for the color "blue," but we think you should take the quiz and find out if you're a whiz at these colorful terms.
Question 1 of 8
Which of the following words describes “sky blue”?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help
Also hy·dro·ceph·a·ly [hahy-druh-sef-uh-lee]. /ˌhaɪ drəˈsɛf ə li/.

Origin of hydrocephalus

1660–70; <Late Latin hydrocephalus (morbus) water-headed (sickness), translation of Greek tò hydroképhalon (páthos). See hydro-1, -cephalous
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use hydrocephalus in a sentence

  • The bombé forehead is characteristic of hydrocephaly, but may occur also in the scaphoid cranium.

    Pedagogical Anthropology|Maria Montessori

British Dictionary definitions for hydrocephalus

hydrocephalus

hydrocephaly (ˌhaɪdrəʊˈsɛfəlɪ)

/ (ˌhaɪdrəʊˈsɛfələs) /

noun
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 hydrocephalus

hydrocephalic (ˌhaɪdrəʊsɛˈfælɪk), hydrocephaloid or hydrocephalous, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for hydrocephalus

hydrocephalus
[ hī′drō-sĕfə-ləs ]

n.
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 hydrocephalus

hy′dro•ce•phalic (-sə-fălĭk) null adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Scientific definitions for hydrocephalus

hydrocephalus
[ 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.

Other words from hydrocephalus

hydrocephalic adjective (hī′drō-sə-fălĭk)
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
FEEDBACK