anencephaly

[an-en-sef-uh-lee]
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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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British Dictionary definitions for anencephalic

anencephalic

adjective
  1. born with no or only a partial brain
Derived Formsanencephaly (ˌænɛnˈsɛfəlɪ), noun

Word Origin for anencephalic

an- + encephalic
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Word Origin and History for anencephalic
adj.

"having no brain" (biology), 1839, from Greek anenkephalos, from privative prefix an- (see an- (1)) + enkephalos "brain" (see encephalitis) + -ic.

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anencephalic 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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