- congenital absence of part or all of the brain.
Also an·en·ce·pha·lia [an-en-suh-feyl-yuh, an-en-] /ˌæn ɛn səˈfeɪl yə, ænˌɛn-/.
Origin of anencephaly
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Her own child was anencephalic and acranial, with entire absence of vault of skull.Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 5 (of 6)
- born with no or only a partial brain
an- + encephalic
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Word Origin and History for anencephalic
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- Congenital absence of most of the brain and spinal cord.
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