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Erlenmeyer flask deformity

Pronunciation: er'len-mi-er

Definition: a deformity at the distal end of the femur caused by a failure of the shaft of the bone to develop to its normal tubular shape, with the result that the bone is wide for a much longer distance up the shaft than normal; encountered in Gaucher disease.

[resemblance to an E. flask]

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