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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)
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Origin
1825-1835
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
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Examples from the web 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.
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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