anencephaly

[an-en-sef-uh-lee] /ˌæn ɛnˈsɛf ə li/
noun, Medicine/Medical
1.
congenital absence of part or all of the brain.
Also, anencephalia
[an-en-suh-feyl-yuh, an-en-] /ˌæn ɛn səˈfeɪl yə, ænˌɛn-/ (Show IPA)
.
Origin
1825–35; < Neo-Latin; see an-1, encephal-, -y3
Related forms
anencephalic
[an-en-suh-fal-ik, an-en-] /ˌæn ɛn səˈfæl ɪk, ænˌɛn-/ (Show IPA),
anencephalous, adjective
Example Sentences for anencephaly
But in the endless coma of anencephaly or a persistent vegetative state, there is nothing.
Babies with anencephaly usually die within days from birth.
anencephaly is a neural tube defect in which the top part of the skull and brain fail to form properly.
anencephaly is a birth defect that affects the closing of the neural tube during pregnancy.
anencephaly occurs when the brain and head do not develop normally.
British Dictionary definitions for anencephaly
anencephalic (ˌænɛnsəˈfælɪk)
 
adj
born with no or only a partial brain
 
[an- + encephalic]
 
anencephaly
 
n

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anencephaly in Medicine

anencephaly an·en·ceph·a·ly (ān'ən-sěf'ə-lē)
n.
Congenital absence of most of the brain and spinal cord.


an'en·ce·phal'ic (-sə-fāl'ĭk) or an'en·ceph'a·lous (-sěf'ə-ləs) adj.

anencephaly an·en·ceph·a·ly (an'en-sef'ā- lē)
n.
markedly defective development of the brain, together with absence of the bones of the cranial vault and the cerebral and cerebellar hemispheres, and with only a rudimentary brain stem and some traces of basal ganglia present

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