One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of conjoined twins) the condition of being joined at the head.as modifier ‘the first time that surgeons had tried to separate adult craniopagus twins’
- ‘However, this is the first time surgeons have tried to separate adult craniopagus twins.’
- ‘Manar was born with a rare condition known as craniopagus parasiticus, which occurs when an embryo begins to split into identical twins but fails to complete the process.’
- ‘The first successful operation I could find on craniopagus twins was 1952, where both twins survived.’
- ‘Rebeca was the eighth documented case in the world of craniopagus parasiticus, doctors said.’
- ‘Carson was the primary neurosurgeon that successfully separated seven-month-old German craniopagus twin boys.’
Late 19th century: from cranio- + Greek ‘that which is fixed’.
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