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fontanelle

(chiefly US), fontanel
Anatomy any of several soft membranous gaps between the bones of the skull in a fetus or infant
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fontanelle

[fänt·ən′el]
(anatomy)
A membrane-covered space between the bones of a fetal or young skull.
(invertebrate zoology)
A depression on the head of termites.
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Apart from the ostia, the fontanelle may be used to create alternate passage which re-establishes ventilation and drainage during therapy of maxillary sinusitis.
This study assessed variations in AF size in newborn Igbo babies in south-eastern Nigeria, with the aim of establishing baseline values and relating the findings to some factors reported to affect fontanelle size.
In order to differentiate the fontanelles of the skull from those of the nasal cavity, the latter should be referred to as nasal fontanelles.
The visible thread that runs through most of the poems in Skin Divers is a strong sense of the various speakers' ultimate recognition of the sanctity of all life, from Irene Curie in "The Second Search," who looks for "truth in a block of paraffin," to the formation of a human embryo in "Fontanelles": "The distance a child travels, / ten thousands of years, / one cell at a time." For Michaels, it seems, even the most familiar things do not lose mystery -- awe does not diminish with knowledge.
7.8% of respondents suggested doubling the daily dose of vitamin D prophylaxis in infants with delayed tooth eruption, 19.9% suggested immediate cessation of vitamin D in infants with small anterior fontanelle, while 2.4% suggested giving 300.000 IU of vitamin D every two months to infants with delayed walking and 16.9% suggested giving 300.000 IU of vitamin D to infants with leg bowing (Table 1).
The lateral margin of the fourth vertebral of NHMUK R8699 overlaps a region corresponding to the fontanelles. The fontanelles of this specimen, located between the costal and the peripheral plates, are well developed.
The soft spots on the top of your baby's skull where the bones are still not joined are called the fontanelles.
General status was well, the anterior fontanelle had a size of 2x1.5 cm.
Where sutures do not yet meet, fontanelle membranes are found.