parasitic twin


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par·a·sit·ic twin

the smaller of unequal conjoined twins.

parasitic twin

The smaller of a pair of conjoined twins, when there is a marked disparity in size.
See also: twin
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Deepak's parasitic twin dangles from his abdomen, preventing the child from enjoying even the simplest pleasures of life.
He said doctors in Buxar told him that surgically removing the parasitic twin from Deepak would endanger the boy's life and the operation would be hugely expensive.
Such twins have been separated in surgery but parasitic twins are even rarer.
FROM conjoined twins to parasitic twins, an increasing number of children in Bihar are being reported with birth defects.
Parasitic twins occur when a twin embryo begins developing in utero, but the pair do not fully separate and one embryo maintains dominant development at the expense of the other.