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Polydactyly

Synonym(s)

  • hyperdactyly
  • polydactylia
  • polydactylism
  • supernumerary digit

Definition(s)

The condition of having more than the normal number of toes or fingers--called also polydactylia, polydactylism.

Definition from: Merriam-Webster's Medical DictionaryThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. by Merriam-Webster Inc.

Polydactyly is an abnormality characterized by extra fingers or toes. The condition may be present as part of a collection of abnormalities, or it may exist by itself. When polydactyly exhibits by itself, it is inherited as an autosomal dominant trait.

Definition from: Talking Glossary of Genetic TermsThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. from the National Human Genome Research Institute

See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

 
Published: September 15, 2014