Medical Definition of Presentation, vertex

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Presentation, vertex: In a vertex presentation, the top of the baby's head comes first at delivery. The vertex here refers specifically to the top of the head The word "vertex" in Latin means a "whirlpool, whirlwind." Why "top of the head"? Because the hairs on the top of the head often form a whorl, a whirl-like pattern.

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Reviewed on 12/27/2018

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