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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Since Daddy needed the clone's whole body, our strongest argument was that anencephalic clones met the federal definition of "human being.
They were fully informed and aware of complications that may be a consequence of having an anencephalic baby such as polyhydramnios, prolonged pregnancy and stillbirth, but they did not want to discuss a plan for a funeral for their baby.
Aborting an anencephalic fetus ends a life that may be human, insofar as it is the life of a member of the species Homo sapiens; but it is a life that will have zero well-being, for the infant (if it lives) will be incapable of enjoying anything.
Since anencephalic newborns have a brain stem, they can also have spontaneous breathing.
The mother was at increased risk of premature delivery because she had given birth to an anencephalic infant a year earlier.
The Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs of the American Medical Association ("Council") has also concluded that it is morally acceptable to allow an anencephalic neonate to be an organ donor, despite not meeting the legal definition of death under the UDDA.
The document, signed by conference president Cardinal Raymundo Damasceno Assis of Aparecida, said, "To legalize the abortion of anencephalic fetuses--erroneously diagnosed as brain-dead fetuses--is to discard a fragile and innocent being.
After initial excitement and anticipation of two babies, she then learned one of the twins was anencephalic.
Nearly nine in 10 (88%) said that they approved of medication abortion in cases of anembryonic pregnancy or of fetal death before 20 weeks' gestation, while smaller proportions (63-65%) approved of this option before 20 weeks' gestation if the fetus had multiple severe anomalies or was anencephalic (missing a major part of the brain).
Morphological aspects of human anencephalic fetuses and their adrenal glands: series of five cases.
57% patients having anencephalic ,hydrocephalic fetuses and numerous cysts in the fetal abdominal cavity.
Fazal Kahn & Brian Lea, Paging King Solomon: Towards Allowing Parents" to Donate Organs of Anencephalic Infants, 6 IND.