1. Medicine/Medical. the congenital absence or imperfection of a limb or limbs.
  2. Also called infectious ectromelia, mousepox. Veterinary Pathology. a viral disease of mice, characterized by gangrene of the extremities, swelling and loss of limbs, and mottling of the liver.

Origin of ectromelia

1905–10; ectro- (see ectrodactylism) + -melia
Related formsec·tro·mel·ic [ek-troh-mel-ik] /ˌɛk troʊˈmɛl ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

ectromelia in Medicine


[ĕk′trō-mēlē-ə, mēlyə]
  1. Congenital absence of one or more limbs.
Related formsec′tro•melic (-mĕlĭk, -mēlĭk) adj.
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