Hydrocephaly



[hahy-druh-sef-uh-luh s] /ˌhaɪ drəˈsɛf ə ləs/

noun, Pathology.
1.
an accumulation of serous fluid within the cranium, especially in infancy, due to obstruction of the movement of cerebrospinal fluid, often causing great enlargement of the head; water on the brain.
/ˌhaɪdrəʊˈsɛfələs/
noun
1.
accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid within the ventricles of the brain because its normal outlet has been blocked by congenital malformation or disease. In infancy it usually results in great enlargement of the head Nontechnical name water on the brain
n.

1660s, medical Latin, from Greek hydro- “water” (see water (n.1)) + kephale “head” (see cephalo-). Related: Hydrocephalic; hydrocephalous.

hydrocephalus hy·dro·ceph·a·lus (hī’drō-sěf’ə-ləs) or hy·dro·ceph·a·ly (-lē)
n.
A usually congenital condition in which an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the cerebral ventricles causes enlargement of the skull and compression of the brain, destroying much of the neural tissue.
hy’dro·ce·phal’ic (-sə-fāl’ĭk) or hy’dro·ceph’a·loid’ adj.
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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