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anencephaly

[ an-en-sef-uh-lee ]
/ ˌæn ɛnˈsɛf ə li /
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noun Medicine/Medical.

congenital absence of part or all of the brain.

RELATED WORDS

mindless, dumb, foolish, imbecile, senseless, silly, stupid, thoughtless, witless, anencephalous

Nearby words

anemoscope, anemosis, anemotaxis, anemotropism, anencephalic, anencephaly, anenst, anent, anephric, anepigraphic, aner
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 anencephalic

  • Her own child was anencephalic and acranial, with entire absence of vault of skull.

    Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 5 (of 6)|Havelock Ellis

British Dictionary definitions for anencephalic

anencephalic

/ (ˌænɛnsəˈfælɪk) /

adjective

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

anencephalic


adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for anencephalic

anencephaly

[ ăn′ən-sĕfə-lē ]

n.

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