Phocomelia

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phocomelia

[‚fō·kə′mēl·yə]
(medicine)
A congenital or inherited condition in which the proximal part of a limb is missing.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Phocomelia

 

the congenital defective development of some or all limbs in which well-developed hands and feet or lower legs and forearms are directly attached to the body, so as to resemble the flippers of a seal.

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