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  • 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.


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  • 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


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

    January 6, 2008