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[uh-mel-ee-uh, ey-mee-lee-uh] /əˈmɛl i ə, eɪˈmi li ə/
noun, Pathology.
the congenital absence of one or more limbs.
Origin of amelia
1970-75; a-6 + -melia


[uh-meel-yuh] /əˈmil yə/
a female given name: from a Germanic word meaning “industrious.”. Unabridged
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  • He lifted his brows, pursing his lips whimsically; and amelia laughed.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • amelia knew him at once, as he did her, though it was twenty years since they had met.

    Country Neighbors Alice Brown
  • amelia, Charlotte, and Hatty set forth on Tuesday, and they are gone.

    Out in the Forty-Five Emily Sarah Holt
  • amelia had begun putting up the leaves of the mahogany dining-table.

    Country Neighbors Alice Brown
  • Then amelia and George went right to work and fixed up the house.

    By the Light of the Soul Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
British Dictionary definitions for amelia


(pathol) the congenital absence of arms or legs
Word Origin
from a-1 + Greek melos limb + -ia
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for amelia


fem. proper name, of Germanic origin, literally "laborious" (cf. Old Norse ama "to trouble"), later assimilated with Roman gens name Aemilia.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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amelia in Medicine

amelia a·mel·i·a (ə-měl'ē-ə, ə-mē'lē-ə)
Congenital absence of one or more limbs.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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