holoprosencephaly

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From Ancient Greek ὅλος (hólos, whole) + πρόσω (prósō, forwards, onwards) (referring to the prosencephalon (forebrain)) + ἐγκέφαλος (enképhalos, brain) + English -y (suffix denoting a condition), i.e. “condition of a whole (inappropriately divided) forebrain”. May be decomposed as holo- +‎ pro- +‎ -s- +‎ encephalo- +‎ -y

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holoprosencephaly (countable and uncountable, plural holoprosencephalies)

  1. (teratology) A congenital disorder involving insufficient division of the lobes of the brain during fetal development, resulting in skull and facial deformities ranging from minor cleft lip problems to cyclopia, in which a single eye develops where the nose would normally be.

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  • HPE (abbreviation)

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  • HPE (abbreviation)

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