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acephalous

[ā′sef·ə·ləs]
(botany)
Having the style originate at the base instead of at the apex of the ovary.
(zoology)
Lacking a head.

acephalous

(in SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY) (of a society) without formal leadership, e.g. with no provision for a chief or permanent political authority. See SEGMENTARY SOCIETIES, STATELESS SOCIETIES.
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In The Awakening, Chopin's last and most ambitious literary endeavor, she questions many of the assumptions of the intellectual elite of her time, and, by so doing, she creates a prophetic narrative that anticipates the radical acephalic emphasis of modernity and post-structuralism.
Proliferating acephalic larval cestode infections have been described since 1908.
The vision of the headless but speaking body is reminiscent of a comment of Lacan's: "If there is an image which could represent for us the Freudian notion of the unconscious, it is indeed that of the acephalic subject, of a subject who no longer has an ego, who doesn't belong to the ego" (1988a, 167).
Whereas the origins of Blake's figures are indefinite--they can come from the operations of the human physiognomy or from an extra-human source--Bataille's extra-human figures (the acephalic being, the "pineal eye" that is blinded in the moment it achieves its purpose and opens toward the energy of the sun, and therefore is burned up and sees nothing) have far less of an autonomous life-world from the human.
Two-third of acardiac fetuses are acardiac acephalic, which is the most common variety, and they are female 2.