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.
Various medical tests including X-Rays and MRI scans showed that Feng's parasitic twin was growing inside his stomach.
Parasitic twin, also known as craniopagus parasiticus, are formed the same way as conjoined twins during the early stages of pregnancy.
A similar case was reported in Peru last year, when a three-year-old boy was found to have a parasitic twin living inside him.
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.