Such defects are mainly the results of genetic disorders, but some teratogenic (or environmental) factors have been identified, such as the use of thalidomide from 1957 to 1962 for morning sickness (NVP).
Meromelia a birth defect characterization by the lacking of a part, but all, of one or more limbs with the presence of a hand or foot.
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Gk, meros ("part") + melia ("limb")
- Sadler, T. W. Langman's Medical Embryology Eleventh Ed.. LWW, p. 140.
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