anencephaly

[ an-en-sef-uh-lee ]
/ ˌæn ɛnˈsɛf ə li /

noun Medicine/Medical.

congenital absence of part or all of the brain.

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM anencephaly

an·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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Medical definitions for anencephaly

anencephaly
[ ăn′ən-sĕfə-lē ]

n.

Congenital absence of most of the brain and spinal cord.

Other words from anencephaly

an′en•ce•phalic (-sə-fălĭk) null adj.
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