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phocomelia

  
, phocomely  
      n   a congenital deformity resulting from prenatal interference with the development of the fetal limbs, characterized esp. by short stubby hands or feet attached close to the body  
     (C19: via New Latin from Greek phoke a seal + melos a limb)  
  phocomelic      adj  
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