- 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
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Related Wordsmindless, dumb, foolish, imbecile, senseless, silly, stupid, thoughtless, witless, anencephalic, anencephalous
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)
- born with no or only a partial brain
an- + encephalic
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Word Origin and History for anencephalic
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- Congenital absence of most of the brain and spinal cord.
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