Definition of conjoined twins in US English:

conjoined twins

plural noun

  • Twins that are physically joined at birth, sometimes sharing organs, and in some cases separable by surgery (depending on the degree of fusion).

    • ‘It is a film with its heart in the right place, even if it often feels like a one-joke movie in which the daily challenges of being conjoined twins are milked for every possible gag and observation.’
    • ‘Medical oddities such as conjoined twins, odd-shaped foetuses and babies with congenital abnormalities interested those who wanted to know about such things at first hand.’
    • ‘Her primary subject is conjoined twins, one of the most extreme examples, but she also brings into the story people with cleft lips, dwarfs, giants, and hermaphrodites.’
    • ‘Of course, the subject matter is about as taboo as it gets, after all, this is a comedy about conjoined twins.’
    • ‘They get themselves a fitting agent who lives in a retirement home and drives along in a wheelchair, but remarks knowingly that conjoined twins will be a tough sell.’
    • ‘He hated publicity, but his work on cranially conjoined twins attracted attention.’
    • ‘Just as women and racial minorities have come to be recognised as different but equal, so, she argues, society must come to respect the rights of conjoined twins, of intersexuals, of people born with cleft palates, of dwarves and giants.’
    • ‘One of the conjoined twins fails to develop fully in the womb.’
    • ‘This is a collection of stories about people with genetic irregularities: conjoined twins, babies born with one eye, people who are unusually small, or tall, or hairy.’
    • ‘Every time we hear about medical efforts to separate conjoined twins, especially twins who are joined together in such an intimate way, there is always, it seems, a risk to one of them or to another one of them.’
    • ‘There are giants and small people and circuses and conjoined twins and people with 1950s-type haircuts and small-town smiles in strange situations.’
    • ‘A neurosurgeon who assisted in the failed attempt to separate adult conjoined twins from Iran has said the operation should have been done in several stages instead of one procedure.’
    • ‘The young mother had no idea she had delivered a pair of conjoined twins until a month after the birth.’
    • ‘In this unfortunate situation, they have a tendency to rely on dubious authorities, like a local ‘expert’ on conjoined twins who held a press conference after what must have been a very brief session reading up on his subject.’
    • ‘The hospital has separated 20 conjoined twins since 1975, eight of whom have survived, including two whose twins had not completely developed.’
    • ‘Joan's mother used to joke around, saying that she never remembered giving birth to conjoined twins.’
    • ‘The conjoined twins, who are now doing well in intensive care, were joined mid-chest to mid-abdomen and their livers were fused.’
    • ‘Even when their twin was dying, many conjoined twins have accepted their own deaths over separation.’
    • ‘It's a false dichotomy: or, at best, a crude attempt to separate conjoined twins.’
    • ‘They gambled everything to lead independent lives, but yesterday the brave conjoined twins whose plight has gripped the world for months lost everything.’
    • ‘The controversial case of conjoined twins, recently decided by the Court of Appeal in England, has been different.’
    • ‘A simple preliminary question: should the birth of conjoined twins be counted as one birth or two?’
    • ‘Well you two might as well be conjoined twins.’
    • ‘Biology and environment are as inseparable as conjoined twins who share a common heart.’
    • ‘It's actually an extremely rare birth defect caused by an undeveloped conjoined twin.’
    • ‘Throughout recorded history there are many references to surviving conjoined twins.’
    • ‘As for personal identity, there are plenty of philosophical discussions of ‘brain-division, brain transplantation, bodily fusion and so on’, but none, I think, of conjoined twins.’
    • ‘There is a sort of decadence in our fascination with conjoined twins.’
    • ‘Straight ahead, 2-year-old conjoined twins spend their first day apart after surgery.’
    • ‘Continuing advances in medicine prompt this question, which has been brought sharply into focus in the last few years by the issue of the separation of conjoined twins.’
    • ‘Doctors remain unsure why such conjoined twins do not fully separate while in their mother's womb.’
    • ‘Sentimentality and sappiness have always been as difficult to separate as conjoined twins.’
    • ‘I wonder though - is it really a frightening ‘sign of things to come’ or is it just like human conjoined twins?’
    • ‘Well, following more than 18 hours of surgery, one of the conjoined twins from Germany has died.’
    • ‘Two sets of conjoined twins have been separated at St Mary's Hospital, Manchester, which is caring for the twins.’
    • ‘Other than conjoined twins, I can't think of another example of two people - one body.’
    • ‘Doctors performed four major surgeries since October to gradually separate the boys, instead of the marathon sessions used in previous separations of conjoined twins.’
    • ‘Doctors here in the U.S. are operating on another set of conjoined twins, the first of several surgeries taking place New York right now for a pair of 18-month-old Filipino boys.’
    • ‘Specifically, I am referring to an act that purported to be a pair of conjoined twins who aspire to be opera singers.’
    • ‘The act seems properly described as a surgical intervention to separate conjoined twins.’


The term conjoined twins has supplanted Siamese twins in all contexts other than informal conversation


conjoined twins

/kənˌjoind ˈtwinz//kənˌdʒɔɪnd ˈtwɪnz/