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or phokomelia

[foh-koh-mee-lee-uh, -meel-yuh] /ˌfoʊ koʊˈmi li ə, -ˈmil yə/
noun, Pathology.
a usually congenital deformity of the extremities in which the limbs are abnormally short.
Sometimes, phocomely [foh-kom-uh-lee] /foʊˈkɒm ə li/ (Show IPA).
Origin of phocomelia
1890-95; < New Latin, equivalent to phōco-, combining form representing Greek phṓkē seal + -melia -melia Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • phocomelia with brain deformity has been found associated with them.

    Degeneracy Eugene S. Talbot
British Dictionary definitions for phocomelia


a congenital deformity resulting from prenatal interference with the development of the fetal limbs, characterized esp by short stubby hands or feet attached close to the body
Derived Forms
phocomelic, adjective
Word Origin
C19: via New Latin from Greek phōkē a seal + melos a limb
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phocomelia in Medicine

phocomelia pho·co·me·li·a (fō'kō-mē'lē-ə, -mēl'yə)
A birth defect in which the upper portion of a limb is absent or poorly developed, so that the hand or foot attaches to the body by a short, flipperlike stump.

pho'co·me'lic (-mē'lĭk) adj.
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