[ an-en-sef-uh-lee ]
/ ˌæn ɛnˈsɛf ə li /
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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-/.
OTHER WORDS FROM anencephalyan·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
[ ăn′ən-sĕf′ə-lē ]
Congenital absence of most of the brain and spinal cord.
Other words from anencephalyan′en•ce•phal′ic (-sə-făl′ĭk) null adj.
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