- 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 Words for anencephalousmindless, dumb, foolish, imbecile, senseless, silly, stupid, thoughtless, witless, anencephalic, anencephalous
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It has been observed likewise in anencephalous monsters (Brissot, idem).
In a former article I alluded to encephalous and anencephalous cases, where there were either no heads or heads without brains.Curiosities of Medical Experience
J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen
- Congenital absence of most of the brain and spinal cord.
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