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fontanel

or fontanelle

[fon-tn-el] /ˌfɒn tnˈɛl/
noun, Anatomy
1.
one of the spaces, covered by membrane, between the bones of the fetal or young skull.
Origin of fontanel
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English fontinel < Middle French fontanele little spring, diminutive of fontaine fountain
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  • Paula watched them walking down the driveway to the carriage which she had retained for Father fontanel.

    She Buildeth Her House Will Comfort
  • Leaving Father fontanel on the veranda, she joined the American.

    She Buildeth Her House Will Comfort
  • They had reached the low street door of Father fontanel's house, a wing of the church.

    She Buildeth Her House Will Comfort
  • Stuttgart was the fontanel, as it were, for the German muse.

  • Wayfarers go a-singing on Father fontanel's trail—eyes warm with soft skies and untellable dreams.

    She Buildeth Her House Will Comfort
  • But you gave the lion's share of the dances to Captain fontanel.

    A Book of Ghosts Sabine Baring-Gould
  • The trunks stood ready packed, all but one, and labelled with the name of Mrs. fontanel.

    A Book of Ghosts Sabine Baring-Gould
  • A skilled specialist removed by operation this pus-hearth, which no doubt acted as a fontanel.

  • Father fontanel held a bright, substantial warmth for his isolated spirit—and the Panther was among the imminent sailings.

    She Buildeth Her House Will Comfort
  • Finding Father fontanel, I stayed over several ships, and the healing of his companionship restores me even now to remember.

    She Buildeth Her House Will Comfort
fontanel in Medicine

fontanel fon·ta·nel or fon·ta·nelle (fŏn'tə-něl')
n.
Any of the soft membranous gaps between the incompletely formed cranial bones of a fetus or an infant. Also called soft spot.

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