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n. pl. an·en·ceph·a·lies
Congenital absence of most of the brain and spinal cord.

an′en·ce·phal′ic (-sə-făl′ĭk) adj.


(Pathology) born with no or only a partial brain
[an- + encephalic]
anencephaly n
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Adj.1.anencephalic - characterized by partial or total absence of a brainanencephalic - characterized by partial or total absence of a brain
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However, because organs need to be removed from anencephalics before they are officially dead, these cases of organ donation are legally impossible in most states.
5) At the same time, there is a growing need for small, transplantable organs, and some have proposed that anencephalics be considered essentially "living nonpersons" so that their organs can be used.
In the imaginations of the bioethicists, anencephalics (that is to say, children born without brains) and those whom they revealingly persist in calling human vegetables loom disproportionately large, as if most doctors spent most of their time tending to them.
Truog (as above) also states that "qualified individuals who had given their consent, could simply have their organs removed under general anesthesia, without first undergoing an orchestrated withdrawal of life support, and that anencephalics could be similarly treated.
When are anencephalics considered legally dead so that their organs may be harvested?
Although anencephalics lack an upper brain, they do have brain stem function, and thus are legally alive under existing criteria and tests for whole-brain death.
Then you'll know why I use it to describe vivisectors, traffic wardens, butchers, farmers, lawyers, politicians and witless anencephalics who drive around with their rear view vision impeded by "baby on board" stickers.
Under this theory, certain human beings -- including anencephalics, permanently vegetative patients, and neonates -- are deemed nonpersons.
This view, which left the treatment of anencephalics equivalent to that of any other potential organ donor, was embodied in Opinion 2.
Anencephalics are potentially excellent infant organ donors and that, quite frankly, is what most of the individuals who conceived them would like them to be.
Capron's claim that the permanently comatose are identical to anencephalics "on the relevant criteria" begs the question of which criteria are relevant: coma, biological activity, loss of integrating functions, or the social utility of various proposals.