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- n. Plural form of teratologist.
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But when a haughty young girl, a member of a suspiciously-regarded society of all-women teratologists is forced upon the lamplighters for training, Rossamund might no longer be the most despised soul around.
Everymen are thoughtlessness and convention, monsters are the alternative (and, by force of nature, unpopular) position, the teratologists (monster-hunters), the attempt to be rid of the uncomfortable and different.
"It is a striking fact that during the nineteenth century, the teratologists, those who have scientifically investigated the causes of monstrosities and fetal morbid states, have almost without exception, rejected the theory of maternal impressions."
As a distinct and well-authenticated type it has only quite recently been recognized by teratologists.
There is also a reference to monochorionic twins (which are by modern teratologists regarded as monstrosities) in the treatise De Superfoetatione, in which it is stated that ` ` a woman, pregnant with twins, gives birth to them both at the same time, just as she has conceived them; the two infants are in a single chorion. ''
This definition excludes, therefore, the cases in which in addition to a double penis there is a supernumerary lower extremity -- such a case, for example, as that of Jean Baptista dos Santos, so frequently described by teratologists.
There is also a reference to monochorionic twins (which are by modern teratologists regarded as monstrosities) in the treatise De