Mermaid malformation | definition of mermaid malformation by Medical dictionary
sirenomelia (redirected from mermaid malformation)
a developmental anomaly
characterized by apparent fusion of the lower limbs. There may be three feet (tripodial symmelia),
two feet (dipodial symmelia),
one foot (monopodial symmelia),
or no feet (apodal symmelia
Union of the legs with partial or complete union of the feet.
See also: sympus
[L. siren, G. seirēn, a siren] A heterogeneous dysplastic complex that may be inherited—caudal regression syndrome—or teratogenic, characterised by fusion—symmelia—of legs with external leg rotation, musculoskeletal atrophy and clubfoot, and other anomalies—e.g., imperforate anus, uni- or bilateral agenesis of kidneys and/or genitalia, focal agenesis of lumbosacral spine, various viscera
si·re·no·me·li·a (sī'rĕ-nō-mē'lē-ă )
Union of the legs with partial or complete fusion of the feet.
[L. siren, G. seirēn, a siren]