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Pronunciation: der'en-sef'a-le

Definition: Cervical rachischisis and meroanencephaly, a malformation involving an open cranial vault with a rudimentary brain usually crowded back toward bifid cervical vertebrae.

Synonym(s): derencephalia

[G. dere, neck, + enkephalos, brain]

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