|hydrocephalus or hydrocephaly (ˌhaɪdrəʊˈsɛfələs, ˌhaɪdrəʊˈsɛfəlɪ)|
|Nontechnical name: water on the brain 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 head|
|hydrocephaly or hydrocephaly|
|hydrocephalic or hydrocephaly|
|hydro'cephaloid or hydrocephaly|
|hydro'cephalous or hydrocephaly|
hydrocephalus hy·dro·ceph·a·lus (hī'drō-sěf'ə-ləs) or hy·dro·ceph·a·ly (-lē)
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.
|hydrocephalus (hī'drō-sěf'ə-ləs) also hydrocephaly (hī'drō-sěf'ə-ləs) Pronunciation Key
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.
hydrocephalic adjective (hī'drō-sə-fāl'ĭk)