- a usually congenital deformity of the extremities in which the limbs are abnormally short.
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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- 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
Word Origin for phocomelia
C19: via New Latin from Greek phōkē a seal + melos a limb
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- 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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