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Pronunciation: mer'o-an'en-sef'a-le

Definition: Congenital absence of the calvaria and most of the brain, usually the forebrain and midbrain.

Synonym(s): anencephalia, anencephaly

[mero- + G. an- priv. + enkephalos, brain]

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