[uh-mel-ee-uh, ey-mee-lee-uh]

noun Pathology.

the congenital absence of one or more limbs.

Origin of amelia

First recorded in 1970–75; a-6 + -melia




a female given name: from a Germanic word meaning “industrious.” Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for amelia

Contemporary Examples of amelia

Historical Examples of amelia

  • The second act opens with a beautiful air for Amelia, "Ma dall'arido stelo divulsa" (From the stem, dry and withered, dissevered).

  • Amelia has lovers still, for one of whom she entertains considerable feeling.

  • It is for the character of Amelia, and the charm of her relations with her husband, that I like this novel.

  • The soundings gave warning of this, and we got round, on what I supposed would be the Amelia's last leg.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Charlotte was passing through the hall and Amelia called to her.

    Old Crow

    Alice Brown

British Dictionary definitions for amelia



pathol the congenital absence of arms or legs

Word Origin for amelia

from a- 1 + Greek melos limb + -ia
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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

Medicine definitions for amelia


[ə-mĕlē-ə, ə-mēlē-ə]


Congenital absence of one or more limbs.
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