Definitions

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  • noun Same as polydactylism.

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  • noun Polydactylism.

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  • noun birth defect characterized by the presence of more than the normal number of fingers or toes

Etymologies

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From Ancient Greek πολυδάκτυλος (poludaktulos), from πολύς (polus, "many") + δάκτυλος (daktulos, "finger").

Examples

  • The condition is known as polydactyly, a genetic disorder which can be inherited and gives rise to excess digits.

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  • The condition is known as polydactyly, a genetic disorder which can be inherited and gives rise to excess digits.

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  • It's called "polydactyly" -- extra digits -- not an uncommon genetic trait, but Bay Area doctors say they've never seen a case so remarkable. [more]

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  • It's called "polydactyly" - extra digits - not an uncommon genetic trait, but Bay Area doctors say they've never seen a case so remarkable.

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  • It's called "polydactyly" - extra digits - not an uncommon genetic trait, but Bay Area doctors say they've never seen a case so remarkable.

    Skirmisher

  • It's called "polydactyly" -- extra digits -- not an uncommon genetic trait, but Bay Area doctors say they've never seen a case so remarkable.

    Signs of the Times

  • It's called "polydactyly" -- extra digits -- not an uncommon genetic trait, but Bay Area doctors say they've never seen a case so remarkable.

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  • It's called "polydactyly" -- extra digits -- not an uncommon genetic trait, but Bay Area doctors say they've never seen a case so remarkable.

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  • The Amish, for example, are more likely to carry a genetic mutation for a condition called polydactyly, which causes extra fingers or toes.

    In Our Blood

  • In addition to missing hands, common defects include webbed fingers and missing or extra fingers a condtion known as polydactyly.

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  • noun. The condition of having more than the normal number of fingers or toes.

    December 18, 2006

  • Of course, what is normal will differ from person to person.

    November 7, 2007

  • Right. And you should know, kewpid, since you have fingers that aren't a finger wide. ;-)

    November 7, 2007

  • I believe I am the standard of normalcy around here.

    Not usefulness though, that would be reesetee's area of expertise. ;-)

    November 8, 2007

  • Uselessness, if you're the standard of normalcy here, we're in big trouble. And I mean that in the nicest possible sense. :-P

    November 8, 2007

  • Well, I do have ten fingers and ten toes. Ain't that all it takes?

    November 8, 2007

  • All on one appendage, or....?

    Just askin'. ;-)

    November 9, 2007

  • Yes, my head. Normal, normal, normal.

    November 9, 2007

  • Oh, that's what those are!

    November 9, 2007

  • They make dandy antennae. How many radio stations can you pick up at once?

    November 9, 2007