- Obs. an opening in the body for the discharge of secretions
- any of the soft, boneless areas in the skull of a baby or young animal, which are later closed up by the formation of bone
Origin of fontanelMiddle English fontinel, a hollow, pit (of the body) ; from Old French fontanele, diminutive of fontaine, fountain
Any of the soft membranous gaps between the incompletely formed cranial bones of a fetus or an infant. Also called soft spot.
Origin of fontanelMiddle English fontinel, from Old French fontanele, diminutive of fontaine, fountain; see fountain.
- Alternative spelling of fontanelle.