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EtymologyEdit

See phocomelia.

NounEdit

phocomelus (countable and uncountable, plural phocomeli)

  1. (dated) Phocomelia.
  2. A person with phocomelia.
    • 1964, Philip K. Dick, Martian Time-Slip, in Five Novels of the 1960s & 70s, Library of America 2008, p. 41:
      He did not say that his wife's brother back on Earth was a phocomelus; he had been born without arms and made use of superb artificial ones designed for him by a Canadian firm which specialized in such equipment.