anencephaly

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anencephaly

[‚an‚en′sef·ə·lē]
(medicine)
A neural tube defect resulting in gross underdevelopment of the brain in fetal life.
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Stone, "The Declining Prevalence of Anencephalus and Spina Bifida: Its Nature, Causes and Implications," Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology 29:4 (August 1987), 541-49; Elwood and Elwood, Epidemiology, 107-19 (note 15).
Regional differences in prenatal diagnosis and early termination of pregnancy may account for some of the differences in the rates for anencephalus, spina bifida, and encephalocele.
Taiwan 2001-2003 2,148 congenital Birth registry 2008 396,049 births anomalies, including 43 anencephalus (ICD-9 code 740.