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fontanel

[fon-tn-el] /ˌfɒn tnˈɛl/
noun, Anatomy
1.
one of the spaces, covered by membrane, between the bones of the fetal or young skull.
Also, fontanelle.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English fontinel < Middle French fontanele little spring, diminutive of fontaine fountain
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fontanels 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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