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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.
[New Latin phōcomelia : Greek phōkē, seal + Greek melos, limb.]
(Pathology) 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]
a deformity, usually congenital, in which the extremities of the limbs are abnormally short.See also: Body, Human
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|Noun||1.||phocomelia - an abnormality of development in which the upper part of an arm or leg is missing so the hands or feet are attached to the body like stumps; rare condition that results from taking thalidomide during pregnancy|
meromelia - congenital absence of part of an arm or leg