Literally meaning: “seal limbs”
Origin: Anc Greek
μέλος/melos(=limb, part of body)
+(-ια)/(-ia)= suffix denoting condition (feminine)
In 1836 by French anatomist Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire (1772 –1844)
Phocomelia is a rare congenital deformity that causes severe birth defects, especially of the upper limbs which are attached close to the trunk.