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anencephaly

[an-en-sef-uh-lee]
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noun Medicine/Medical.
  1. 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

From New Latin, dating back to 1825–35; see origin at an-1, encephal-, -y3
Related formsan·en·ce·phal·ic [an-en-suh-fal-ik, an-en-] /ˌæn ɛn səˈfæl ɪk, ænˌɛn-/, an·en·ceph·a·lous, adjective
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Examples from the Web for anencephalous

Historical Examples

  • It has been observed likewise in anencephalous monsters (Brissot, idem).

    A System of Practical Medicine By American Authors, Vol. II

    Various

  • In a former article I alluded to encephalous and anencephalous cases, where there were either no heads or heads without brains.

    Curiosities of Medical Experience

    J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen


anencephalous in Medicine

anencephaly

(ăn′ən-sĕfə-lē)
n.
  1. Congenital absence of most of the brain and spinal cord.
Related formsan′en•ce•phalic (-sə-fălĭk) null adj.
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