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craniopagus

Line breaks: cra¦ni|opa¦gus
Pronunciation: /kreɪnɪˈɒpəɡəs
 
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Definition of craniopagus in English:

noun (plural craniopagi /-ɡʌɪ/)

[usually as modifier]
A pair of conjoined twins attached at the head.
Example sentences
  • However, this is the first time surgeons have tried to separate adult craniopagus twins.
  • Carson was the primary neurosurgeon that successfully separated seven-month-old German craniopagus twin boys.
  • Manar was born with a rare condition known as craniopagus parasiticus, which occurs when an embryo begins to split into identical twins but fails to complete the process.

Origin

late 19th century: from cranio- + Greek 'that which is fixed'.

Words that rhyme with craniopagus

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