Definitions

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  • n. Polydactylism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as polydactylism.

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

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

Etymologies

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

Examples

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

    NEWS.com.au | Top Stories

  • 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]

    DaniWeb IT Discussion Community

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

    Impact Lab

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

    KIROTV.com - Local News

  • 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.

    Breaking News: CBS News

  • Known as polydactyly, Hernandez's condition is relatively common, but it's rare for the extra digits to be so perfect.

    SFGate: Top News Stories

  • Although extra fingers and toes sometimes arise as genetic anomalies, and are even common in certain cat breeds a condition known as polydactyly, Hutchinson thinks it was easier for the sesamoid bone to be recruited for extra support than for a true sixth toe to evolve in elephants.

    Wired Top Stories

  • The Buccaneers were buggers, the Maroons and Mountain Men were miscegenists, the "Jukes and Kallikaks" indulged in fornication and incest (leading to mutations such as polydactyly), the children ran around naked and masturbated openly, etc., etc.

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  • Approximately 5 percent of individuals with nevoid basal cell carcinomas (NBCCS) are found to have other malformations, including cleft lip/palate, polydactyly, or other eye abnormalities.

    Nevoid Basal Cell Carcinoma Syndrome

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  • I went to school with a boy with six fingers on one hand; he was a git.

    November 9, 2007

  • Where?

    Damn!

    November 9, 2007

  • Oh dear, I don't like the direction this is headed...

    Look, a distraction!!

    November 9, 2007

  • Hm. Sensing a "What Is a Uselessness, Anyhow?" list coming on...

    November 9, 2007

  • Wouldn't you like to know. *adjusts appendages*

    November 9, 2007

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

    November 9, 2007

  • Oh, that's what those are!

    November 9, 2007

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

    November 9, 2007

  • All on one appendage, or....?

    Just askin'. ;-)

    November 9, 2007

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

    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

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

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

    November 8, 2007

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

    November 7, 2007

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

    November 7, 2007

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

    December 18, 2006