the congenital absence or abnormal shortening of arms or legs, often with only short, flipperlike limbs projecting from the body
Origin of phocomeliaModern Latin from Classical Greek ph?k?, a seal + Modern Latin -melia, a condition of limbs from Classical Greek melos, limb
A birth defect in which the upper portion of a limb is absent or poorly developed, so that the hand or foot attaches to the body by a short, flipperlike stump.
Origin of phocomeliaNew Latin phōcomelia Greek phōkē seal Greek melos limb
(usually uncountable, plural phocomelias)
Ancient Greek Ï†ÏŽÎºÎ· (phÅkÄ“, “seal") + Î¼ÎÎ»Î¿Ï‚ (melos, “limb").