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hydrocephalic

[hahy-droh-suh-fal-ik] /ˌhaɪ droʊ səˈfæl ɪk/
adjective, Pathology
1.
of or relating to hydrocephalus.
Also, hydrocephalous
[hahy-druh-sef-uh-luh s] /ˌhaɪ drəˈsɛf ə ləs/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of hydrocephalic
1805-1815
1805-15; hydrocephal(us) + -ic
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  • As for Swinburne's hydrocephalic muse, I do not think Whitman took any interest in it from the first.

    Whitman John Burroughs
  • They are perhaps passable portraits of the languid, half-witted, hydrocephalic creatures who made them.

    William Shakespeare John Masefield
hydrocephalic in Science
hydrocephalus (hī'drō-sěf'ə-ləs) also hydrocephaly
  (hī'drō-sěf'ə-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.

hydrocephalic adjective (hī'drō-sə-fāl'ĭk)
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