Meaning of hydrocephalus in English:


Pronunciation /ˌhʌɪdrəˈsɛf(ə)ləs/ /ˌhʌɪdrəˈkɛf(ə)ləs/

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mass nounMedicine
  • A condition in which fluid accumulates in the brain, typically in young children, enlarging the head and sometimes causing brain damage.

    ‘About 90 percent of children with the most severe form of spina bifida develop hydrocephalus, or fluid on the brain.’
    • ‘Neuroimaging may diagnose vascular disease, normal pressure hydrocephalus, tumors, abscess, or subdural hematoma.’
    • ‘Patients with neurologic diseases such as hydrocephalus and meningitis may also present with persistent vomiting.’
    • ‘Sometimes, the large head size reflects hydrocephalus (excess fluid in the brain) and requires surgery.’
    • ‘These conditions include stroke, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, epilepsy, hydrocephalus and many other conditions.’


Late 17th century modern Latin, from Greek hudrokephalon, from hudro- ‘water’ + kephalē ‘head’.