club·​foot | \ ˈkləb-ˌfu̇t How to pronounce clubfoot (audio) \

Definition of clubfoot

: a congenitally misshapen foot twisted out of position also : this deformity

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Other Words from clubfoot

clubfooted \ ˈkləb-​ˌfu̇-​təd How to pronounce clubfooted (audio) \ adjective

Examples of clubfoot in a Sentence

clubfoot and other major birth defects
Recent Examples on the Web In addition to microcephaly and brain damage, babies born with congenital Zika syndrome may also have damage to the back of the eye, joints with limited motion (like clubfoot), and too much muscle tone restricting body movement. Korin Miller,, "What to Know About the Zika Virus and Its Symptoms, According to Experts," 21 Aug. 2019 The reason given for relinquishment was that Zune had been born with a clubfoot and his birth parents could not afford medical treatment. Rachel Nolan, Harper's magazine, "Destined for Export," 10 June 2019 The virus causes underdevelopment of the head and brain, known as microcephaly, and a hodgepodge of other symptoms, like eye damage and clubfoot, which are loosely categorized as Congenital Zika Syndrome. Julie Beck, The Atlantic, "The Case for Testing Zika Vaccines on Pregnant Women," 6 July 2017 The defects included the entire range of abnormalities associated with Zika, from microcephaly, characterized by abnormally small heads and often underdeveloped brains, to vision problems and joints with limited range of motion, such as clubfoot. The Washington Post, Twin Cities, "Birth defects in Zika pregnancies 20 times higher than in pre-Zika years, CDC says," 2 Mar. 2017 Inbreeding may have afflicted him with a congenital clubfoot and even prevented him from producing an heir with his wife, who was probably his half sister. National Geographic, "Which Mystery From History Are You?," 23 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of clubfoot

1538, in the meaning defined above

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“Clubfoot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of clubfoot

: a foot that does not have a normal shape : a badly twisted or deformed foot that someone is born with also : the medical condition of having such a foot


club·​foot | \ ˈkləb-ˈfu̇t How to pronounce clubfoot (audio) \
plural clubfeet\ -​ˈfēt How to pronounce clubfeet (audio) \

Medical Definition of clubfoot

1 : any of numerous congenital deformities of the foot in which it is twisted out of position or shape

called also talipes

— compare talipes equinovarus, talipes equinus, talipes valgus, talipes varus
2 : a foot affected with clubfoot

Other Words from clubfoot

clubfooted \ -​ˈfu̇t-​əd How to pronounce clubfooted (audio) \ adjective

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