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phocomelia

or pho·ko·me·li·a

[foh-koh-mee-lee-uh, -meel-yuh]
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noun Pathology.
  1. a usually congenital deformity of the extremities in which the limbs are abnormally short.
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Sometimes pho·com·e·ly [foh-kom-uh-lee] /foʊˈkɒm ə li/.

Origin of phocomelia

1890–95; < New Latin, equivalent to phōco-, combining form representing Greek phṓkē seal + -melia -melia
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Historical Examples

  • Phocomelia with brain deformity has been found associated with them.

    Degeneracy

    Eugene S. Talbot


British Dictionary definitions for phocomelia

phocomelia

phocomely (fəʊˈkɒməlɪ)

noun
  1. a congenital deformity resulting from prenatal interference with the development of the fetal limbs, characterized esp by short stubby hands or feet attached close to the body
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Derived Formsphocomelic, adjective

Word Origin

C19: via New Latin from Greek phōkē a seal + melos a limb
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phocomelia in Medicine

phocomelia

(fō′kō-mēlē-ə, -mēlyə)
n.
  1. A birth defect in which the upper portion of a limb is absent or poorly developed, so that the hand or foot attaches to the body by a short, flipperlike stump.
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Related formspho′co•melic (-mēlĭk) adj.
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