syndactyly

noun
syn·​dac·​ty·​ly | \ (ˌ)sin-ˈdak-tə-lē How to pronounce syndactyly (audio) \

Definition of syndactyly

: 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

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Recent Examples on the Web The same may be true of developmental disorders — like syndactyly. Natalie Angier, New York Times, "A Family’s Shared Defect Sheds Light on the Human Genome," 9 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of syndactyly

1864, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for syndactyly

New Latin syndactylia, from syn- + Greek daktylos finger

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The first known use of syndactyly was in 1864

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“Syndactyly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/syndactyly. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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syndactyly

noun
syn·​dac·​ty·​ly | \ -lē How to pronounce syndactyly (audio) \
plural syndactylies

Medical Definition of syndactyly

: 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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