from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In pathology, a deformity of the hand in which it resembles the fore paw of the ape in consequence of atrophy of the muscles of the thumb.


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  • It is divided into four types, the hand type (causing the griffin-or claw-hand, or the ape-hand); the juvenile type (generally in the muscles of the shoulder and arm); the facial type; and the peroneal type.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine


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