from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The independent twin of a pair of conjoined twins where the other twin is parasitic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In teratology, that twin in an unequal double monster which furnishes nutriment to the other, the latter being called the parasite or parasitic twin.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Figure 58 represents an epignathus, a peculiar type parasitic monster, in which the parasite is united to the inferior maxillary bone of the autosite.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • The larger of unequal conjoined twins that is able to live independently and nourish the other twin.

    January 6, 2008