syndactyly

noun

syn·​dac·​ty·​ly (ˌ)sin-ˈdak-tə-lē How to pronounce syndactyly (audio)
: a union of two or more digits that is normal in some animals (such as various marsupials) and that in humans occurs as an inherited condition or as a part of several genetic disorders and is marked by webbing of two or more fingers or toes and sometimes bony fusion of adjacent digits

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The same may be true of developmental disorders — like syndactyly. Natalie Angier, New York Times, 9 Jan. 2017

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin syndactylia, from syn- + Greek daktylos finger

First Known Use

1864, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of syndactyly was in 1864

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Cite this Entry

“Syndactyly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/syndactyly. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

syndactyly

noun
syn·​dac·​ty·​ly -lē How to pronounce syndactyly (audio)
plural syndactylies
: a union of two or more digits that is normal in some animals and that in humans occurs as an inherited condition or as a part of several genetic disorders and is marked by webbing of two or more fingers or toes and sometimes bony fusion of adjacent digits

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