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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: sef′ăl-hē′mă-tō′mă


A collection of blood beneath the periosteum, frequently seen in a newborn as a result of birth trauma; contrasted with caput succedaneum, in which the effusion overlies the periosteum and consists of serum.

Synonym(s): cephalohematoma

[cephal- + G. haima, blood, + -ōma, tumor]

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