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phocomelia

or pho路ko路me路li路a

[ foh-koh-mee-lee-uh, -meel-yuh ]
/ 藢fo蕣 ko蕣藞mi li 蓹, -藞mil y蓹 /
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noun Pathology.
a usually congenital deformity of the extremities in which the limbs are abnormally short.
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Origin of phocomelia

1890鈥95; <New Latin, equivalent to ph艒co-, combining form representing Greek ph峁搆膿 seal + -melia-melia

Words nearby phocomelia

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How to use phocomelia in a sentence

  • This condition, from its resemblance to the like state in the seal, is called phocomelia, or seal limbs.

    Degeneracy|Eugene S. Talbot
  • Phocomelia with brain deformity has been found associated with them.

    Degeneracy|Eugene S. Talbot

British Dictionary definitions for phocomelia

phocomelia

phocomely (f蓹蕣藞k蓲m蓹l瑟)

/ (藢f蓹蕣k蓹蕣藞mi藧l瑟蓹) /

noun
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 phocomelia

phocomelic, adjective

Word Origin for phocomelia

C19: via New Latin from Greek ph艒k膿 a seal + melos a limb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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