Flipper vs Phocomelia - What's the difference?

flipper | phocomelia |


As a proper noun flipper

is a common name for animals which have flippers, such as dolphins and seals.

As a noun phocomelia is

a congenital disorder of the limbs, the affected person being born with abnormally short or missing bones and flipper-like hands or feet.

flipper

Noun

(en noun)
  • in marine mammals such as whales, a wide flat limb, adapted for swimming
  • a flat, wide, paddle-like rubber covering for the foot, used in swimming
  • a flat lever in a pinball machine, used to keep the ball in play
  • (cricket) A type of ball bowled by a leg spin bowler, which spins backwards and skids off the pitch with a low bounce
  • (informal, US) television remote control, clicker
  • (dated, slang) The hand.
  • (dentistry) A kind of false tooth, usually temporary.
  • * 2005 , Washington appellate reports: Volume 128''
  • Dr. Woo attempts to distinguish Blakeslee by pointing out that “one can fondle a breast without having anything to do with dentistry, but one cannot take molds, fabricate and insert flippers into another person's mouth without practicing dentistry."
  • A kitchen spatula
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • to lift one or both flipper out of the water and slap the surface of the water
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    phocomelia

    Noun

    (en-noun)
  • A congenital disorder of the limbs, the affected person being born with abnormally short or missing bones and flipper-like hands or feet.
  • Hypernyms

    * dysmelia

    Coordinate terms

    * thalidomide baby