from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A congenital disorder of the limbs, the affected person being born with abnormally short or missing bones and flipper-like hands or feet.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In teratology, a condition in which the hands and feet, one or all, are seemingly attached directly to the trunk, the intervening bones of the extremities being extremely short.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an abnormality of development in which the upper part of an arm or leg is missing so the hands or feet are attached to the body like stumps; rare condition that results from taking thalidomide during pregnancy
New Latin phōcomelia : Greek phōkē, seal + Greek melos, limb.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Ancient Greek φώκη "seal" + μέλος "limb". (Wiktionary)