- 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
C19: via New Latin from Greek phōkē a seal + melos a limb
- 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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