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or mon·o·dac·tyl

[mon-uh-dak-tl-uh s or mon-uh-dak-tl]
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adjective Zoology.
  1. having only one digit or claw.
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Origin of monodactylous

First recorded in 1820–30, monodactylous is from the Greek word monodáktylos one-fingered, one-toed. See mono-, -dactylous
Related formsmon·o·dac·tyl·ism, mon·o·dac·ty·ly, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for monodactyly


  1. (of certain animals) having a single functional digit
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monodactyly in Medicine


  1. The presence of a single finger on the hand or a single toe on the foot.
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