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caput[kap´ut] (pl. cap´ita) (L.)
anatomical terminology for the expanded or chief extremity of an organ or part.
caput medu´sae the dilated cutaneous veins around the umbilicus, seen mainly in the newborn and in patients suffering from cirrhosis of the liver.
caput succeda´neum localized edema, congestion, and petechiae on the fetal and newborn scalp (presenting part), crossing the suture lines.
Rarely used term for caput medusae
[G. kirsos, varix, + omphalos, umbilicus]
cirsomphalos(sĕr-sŏm′fă-lōs) [″ + omphalos, navel]
Varicose veins around the navel.