a fetus with a rudimentary skull and bifid cervical vertebrae, the brain resting in the bifurcation.
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derencephalus(dĕr″ĕn-sĕf′ă-lŭs) [Gr. dere, neck, + enkephalos, brain]
A congenitally deformed fetus with a rudimentary skull and bifid cervical vertebrae.
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