phocomelia

phocomelia

[foh-koh-mee-lee-uh, -meel-yuh]
noun Pathology.
a usually congenital deformity of the extremities in which the limbs are abnormally short.
Also, phokomelia, phocomely [foh-kom-uh-lee] .


Origin:
1890–95; < Neo-Latin, equivalent to phōco-, combining form representing Greek phṓkē seal + -melia -melia

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phocomelia or phocomely (ˌfəʊkəʊˈmiːlɪə, fəʊˈkɒməlɪ)
 
n
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]
 
phocomely or phocomely
 
n
 
[C19: via New Latin from Greek phōkē a seal + melos a limb]
 
phoco'melic or phocomely
 
adj

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phocomelia pho·co·me·li·a (fō'kō-mē'lē-ə, -mēl'yə)
n.
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.


pho'co·me'lic (-mē'lĭk) adj.
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