anencephaly anencephaly  /æ nɪn ˈsɛ fə li/


  • (n) a defect in brain development resulting in small or missing brain hemispheres

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  1. Called anencephaly, the always fatal malformation occurs in six of 10,000 births.
  2. Among the possible results: anencephaly, in which a baby is born minus most of its brain, and spina bifida.


  1. Gene mutation in dogs offers clues for neural tube defects in humans

    A gene related to neural tube defects in dogs has for the first time been identified. The gene may be an important risk factor for human neural tube defects, including anencephaly and spina bifida.
    on July 20, 2013     Source: Science Daily

  2. Health officials: WA birth defects study inconclusive

    YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- A study into several cases of a rare birth defect in three Eastern Washington counties has found no common cause.   The Washington state Department of Health says state and local public health investigators found no significant differences between women who had healthy pregnancies and those affected by anencephaly, a fatal birth defect. Anencephaly results from incomplete ...
    on July 17, 2013     Source: Spokane

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