from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Congenital absence of most of the brain and spinal cord.

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  • n. A lethal birth defect in which most of the brain and parts of the skull are missing; absence of the encephalon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as anencephalia.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a defect in brain development resulting in small or missing brain hemispheres


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From the Latin anencephalia.


  • He was born with a birth defect called anencephaly.

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  • Something known as anencephaly is something where the brain just simply never develops.

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  • When you have organ failure or lack of organ development that is so catastrophic that the child could not be born and live a normal life or live at all, something known as anencephaly, is something where the brain just simply never develops.

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  • Many are paralyzed or permanently impaired by spina bifida; some, with a condition called anencephaly literally, “no brain”, survive in a vegetative state.

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  • It's called anencephaly; it may be the result of B-vitamin deficiency.

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  • In particular, women with a diet closely matched to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid were half as likely to have a baby missing part of its brain and skull -- a birth defect called anencephaly -- than women whose diet was farthest from those guidelines.

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  • During a sonogram 20 weeks into her pregnancy, Shawna Leighty and her husband, Brad, learned their unborn son had a neural tube defect known as anencephaly, which results in minimal - Articles related to Pregnant Women Can Pass Cancer Cells On To Their Babies

  • However, conditions such as anencephaly, where most of the “intelligent brain” has not developed, or other birth defects may have a prognosis that precludes interactivity or long-term survival.

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  • He quoted a word I had never heard before "anencephaly" he then went on to tell us our child would not live past birth and we would need to speak with a genetics counselor.

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