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Pronunciation: der-an'en-sef'a-le, -se-fa'le-a


  1. Congenital malformation in which the head is absent, although there is a rudimentary neck.
  2. Defect of the brain and upper part of the spinal cord.

[G. dere, neck, + an-, priv., + kephale, head]

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