anencephaly
noun (plural -lies) Etymology: 2a- + encephal- + 2-y Date: circa 1889 congenital absence of all or a major part of the brain • anencephalic adjective

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  • anencephaly — [an΄en sef′ə lē] n. [< AN 1 + Gr enkephalos: see ENCEPHALON] congenital malformation of the skull with absence of all or part of the brain …   English World dictionary

  • Anencephaly — Infobox Disease Name = Anencephaly DiseasesDB = 705 ICD10 = ICD10|Q|00|0|q|00 ICD9 = ICD9|740.0 ICDO = OMIM = 206500 MedlinePlus = eMedicineSubj = neuro eMedicineTopic = 639 MeshName = Anencephaly MeshNumber = C10.500.680.196 Anencephaly is a… …   Wikipedia

  • Anencephaly — A neural tube defect (NTD) that occurs when the cephalic (head) end of the neural tube fails to close, usually between the 23rd and 26th days of pregnancy, resulting in the absence of a major portion of the brain, skull, and scalp. Infants with… …   Medical dictionary

  • anencephaly — n. partial or complete absence of the bones of the rear of the skull, the meninges, and the cerebral hemispheres of the brain. It occurs as a developmental defect, and most affected infants are stillborn; if born live they do not survive for more …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • anencephaly — anencephalic /an en seuh fal ik, an en /, anencephalous, adj. /an en sef euh lee/, n. Med. congenital absence of part or all of the brain. Also, anencephalia /an en seuh fayl yeuh, an en /. [1825 35; < NL; see AN 1, ENCEPHAL , Y3] * * * …   Universalium

  • anencephaly — noun /ænɪnˈsɛfəlɪ/ A lethal birth defect in which most of the brain and parts of the skull are missing; absence of the encephalon. See Also: anencephalic, anencephaloid, anencephalous …   Wiktionary

  • anencephaly — n. congenital absence of the brain …   English contemporary dictionary

  • anencephaly — an·en·ceph·a·ly …   English syllables

  • anencephaly — an•en•ceph•a•ly [[t]ˌæn ɛnˈsɛf ə li[/t]] n. pat the absence at birth of a portion of the skull and brain • Etymology: 1885–90; an I+ Gkenképhal(os)brain (see encephalon) + y III an en•ce•phal′ic səˈfæl ɪk adj …   From formal English to slang

  • anencephaly — /ˌænɛnˈsɛfəli/ (say .anen sefuhlee) noun the congenital absence, either wholly or partially, of the brain. –anencephalic, adjective …   Australian English dictionary

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