Definition of anencephalic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌanensəˈfalik/


Having part or all of the cerebral hemispheres and the rear of the skull congenitally absent.
Example sentences
  • It can uncover 90 percent of anencephalic pregnancies and 80 percent of spina bifida cases.
  • In a Finnish study, mothers of anencephalic children were more likely than matched control patients to remember having a cold in the first trimester of pregnancy.
  • Brazil expanded its abortion law July 1, allowing the abortion of anencephalic children - children with no brain.


An anencephalic fetus or infant.
Example sentences
  • The excess was most pronounced for the subgroup of anencephalics, in which prevalence increased 5-fold.
  • An individual who is in a ‘persistent vegetative state,’ an irreversible deep coma, fits this description, as do infants born with no cerebral cortex (anencephalics).



Pronunciation: /-ˈsefəlē/
Example sentences
  • In anencephaly, a fatal neural tube defect, the brain and skull are grossly underdeveloped.
  • Rarely, postterm pregnancy may be associated with placental sulfatase deficiency or fetal anencephaly.
  • A detailed analysis revealed no indication of a systematic increase in the prevalence of Down's syndrome, anencephaly, or spina bifida.


Mid 19th century: from Greek anenkephalos 'without brain' + -ic.

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Syllabification: an·en·ce·phal·ic

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