lusus naturae

[loo-suh s nuh-too r-ee, -tyoo r-ee]
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Origin of lusus naturae

First recorded in 1655–65, lusus naturae is from the Latin word lūsus nātūrae a jest of nature
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British Dictionary definitions for lusus naturae

lusus naturae

noun
  1. a freak, mutant, or monster

Word Origin for lusus naturae

C17: Latin: whim of nature
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lusus naturae in Medicine

lusus naturae

[lōōsəs nə-turē]
n.
  1. A conspicuous congenital abnormality.
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