anencephalia


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anencephalia

[‚an‚en·sə′fāl·yə]
(medicine)
A congenital anomaly marked by severely defective development of the brain, together with absence of the bones of the cranial vault and the cerebral and cerebellar hemispheres, and with only a rudimentary brainstem and some traces of basal ganglia present.