One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounmass nounZoology Medicine
The condition of having some or all of the fingers or toes wholly or partly united, either naturally (as in web-footed animals) or as a malformation.
- ‘Simple syndactyly is more of a cosmetic problem than a functional one, and rarely requires treatment.’
- ‘Major malformations were neural tube defects and monogenic traits, syndromes, and sequences, and minor defects were anomalies such as syndactyly of the second and third toes.’
- ‘Common associated findings in this syndrome include rib defects, hypoplasia of the upper extremities, and syndactyly.’
- ‘They discovered the fetus had a condition common to those with radioactive exposure: atypical syndactyly.’
- ‘Several hundred human syndromes involving various types of limb deformity have been described; syndactyly is the most common deformity involving the hand.’
Mid 19th century: from syn- ‘united’ + Greek daktulos ‘finger’ + -y.
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