[ brak-ee-dak-til-ee-uh ]
/ ˌbræk i dækˈtɪl i ə /

noun Medicine/Medical.

abnormal shortness of the fingers and toes.
Also brach·y·dac·ty·ly [brak-ee-dak-tl-ee] /ˌbræk iˈdæk tl i/.

Origin of brachydactylia

From New Latin, dating back to 1880–85; see origin at brachy-, -dactyl, -ia

Related forms

brach·y·dac·tyl·ic, brach·y·dac·ty·lous, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for brachydactyly

  • It has been found that an abnormality quite like brachydactyly is produced by abnormality in the pituitary gland.

    Applied Eugenics|Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
  • One of the cases which has been most fully worked out is that of a deformity known as brachydactyly.

    Mendelism|Reginald Crundall Punnett

Medicine definitions for brachydactyly


[ brăk′ē-dăktə-lē ]


Abnormal shortness of the fingers.

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