[ foh-koh-mee-lee-uh, -meel-yuh ]
/ ˌfoʊ koʊˈmi li ə, -ˈmil yə /
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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Example sentences from the Web for phocomelia
Phocomelia with brain deformity has been found associated with them.Degeneracy|Eugene S. Talbot
British Dictionary definitions for phocomelia
/ (ˌfəʊkəʊˈmiːlɪə) /
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
Derived forms of phocomeliaphocomelic, adjective
Word Origin for phocomelia
C19: via New Latin from Greek phōkē a seal + melos a limb
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Medical definitions for phocomelia
[ fō′kō-mē′lē-ə, -mēl′yə ]
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.
Other words from phocomeliapho′co•me′lic (-mē′lĭk) adj.
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