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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: hi'dro-sef'a-lus


A condition marked by an excessive accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid resulting in dilation of the cerebral ventricles and raised intracranial pressure; may also result in enlargement of the cranium and atrophy of the brain.

Synonym(s): hydrocephaly

[hydro- + G. kephale, head]

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