Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The possession of more than the normal number of digits.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The possession of more that the normal number of digits.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The condition of having many digits—that is, more than the normal number of fingers or toes; the state of being polydactyl.

Etymologies

Ancient Greek πολύς (poly, "many") + δάκτυλος (daktylos, "finger"); compare French polydactylisme. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The extra toes are the result of a genetic mutation called polydactylism.

    NYDN Rss

  • They typical cat has 18 toes, but Daniel has two extra on each paw due to a genetic mutation called polydactylism.

    NYDN Rss

  • It's a genetic mutation called polydactylism and even though it's two toes shy of a Guinness World Records number, it's helping Milwaukee shelter officials raise money to buy a new home after they learned their rent was being doubled.

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  • Normal cats have 18 toes, but Daniel has two extra on each foot due to a genetic mutation called polydactylism.

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  • Jeshuah Fuller was born on Tuesday with polydactylism -- in this case, an extra finger on each hand and extra toe on each foot.

    Boing Boing

  • During our conversation, the doctor kept looking over my head as I piled on the questions: "Are tumors of hair and teeth actually absorbed fetal twins?" and "Do you know anything about the connection between dwarfism and polydactylism?"

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  • ` ` This occurrence of short limbs with polydactylism seems to prove conclusively that the condition may be due to a modification of development of a totally different nature from rickets.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

  • The point of extreme interest in the present case is that this dwarfing of the limbs is associated with polydactylism.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

  • # -- Congenital webbing or fusion of the fingers may be associated with polydactylism or with congenital hypertrophy, and, like other digital deformities, may affect several members of the same family.

    Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities—Head—Neck. Sixth Edition.

  • I am sorry that the case is doubtful, for if these batrachians had six toes, I certainly think it would have thrown light on the truly extraordinary strength of inheritance in polydactylism in so many animals, and especially on the power of regeneration in amputated supernumerary digits.

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