fontanels

fontanel

[fon-tn-el]
noun Anatomy.
one of the spaces, covered by membrane, between the bones of the fetal or young skull.
Also, fontanelle.


Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English fontinel < Middle French fontanele little spring, diminutive of fontaine fountain

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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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