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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.

[New Latin phōcomelia : Greek phōkē, seal + Greek melos, limb.]
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phocomelia

(ˌfəʊkəʊˈmiːlɪə) or

phocomely

n
(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]
ˌphocoˈmelic adj
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phocomelia, phocomely

a deformity, usually congenital, in which the extremities of the limbs are abnormally short.
See also: Body, Human
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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
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That is, between the 2007 removal of Marc Quinn's monumental marble sculpture of the phocomelic artist, 'Alison Lapper Pregnant', following its two-year occupancy of Trafalgar Square's fourth plinth, and its reappearance as a hugely inflated centrepiece of the 2012 Paralympics opening ceremony.
Both Mat and Catherine have been disabled all their lives; Mat is phocomelic, born with shortened 'seal like' arms as a result of thalidomide; Catherine was born with only one arm.