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 formsbrach·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

Historical Examples of brachydactyly

  • One of the cases which has been most fully worked out is that of a deformity known as brachydactyly.


    Reginald Crundall Punnett

  • 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

Medicine definitions for brachydactyly




Abnormal shortness of the fingers.
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