Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Anat.) The possession of more that the normal number of digits.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun anatomy The possession of more than the normal number of digits.

Etymologies

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

Examples

  • 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.

    ABC News: Top Stories

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

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

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

    Boston.com Top Stories

  • The extra toes are the result of 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?"

    Pica, Vestigial Tails: Fave Icky Obsessions Bad for Finding Love

  • ` ` 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

  • 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

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