acro-, acr-

(Greek: high, highest, highest point; top, tip end, outermost; extreme; extremity of the body)

acrodolichomelia
Abnormal or disproportionate length of hands and feet as a result of disproportionate or continued growth beyond the usual time of physical maturation.
acrodont
1. Having the teeth attached to the upper surface of the jaw rather than encased in a socket, a condition seen in many lizards and fish.
2. The teeth of some reptiles that have no roots and are joined to the jawbone.
acrodrome
Any leaf with veins converging at its point.
acrodynia (s) (noun), acrodynias (pl)
1. Disease of infancy and early childhood characterized by pain and swelling in, and pink coloration of, the fingers and toes.
2. A syndrome caused almost exclusively by mercury poisoning in children and gastrointestinal symptoms, in adults, by anorexia, photophobia, sweating, and tachycardia (fast heart beat).
3. Etymology: from Greek acro, "extreme, top" + Greek odyne, "pain"; literally a ain in an extremity; such as, the hands or the feet.
acrodysaesthesia, acrodysesthesia (s) (noun); acrodysaesthesias, acrodysesthesias (pl)
Abnormal sensations on the skin; usually with the hands and feet: During the healing process after her legs had been burned, Sally experienced frequent episodes of acrodysesthesia which were painful with feelings of tingling, numbness, and even burning pains.

Mark was puzzled by the many acrodysesthesias that he was experiencing in his finger tips which made it barely possible for him to press them together or to touch anything.

acrodysostosis (adjective) (uncountable)
A disorder in which the hands and feet are short with stubby fingers and toes: "With acrodysostosis growth, retardation is progressive and mental retardation and marked nasal hypoplasia, or underdevelopment, is also present."

acroedema
Edema (an accumulation of an excessive amount of watery fluid in cells, tissues, or serous cavities) of hand or foot, often permanent.
acroesthesia (s) (noun), acroesthesias (pl)
Pain in one or more of the bodily extremities; such as, in the hands, fingers, feet, toes, etc.: Mr. Black, the physiotherapist, made a special sock for Nancy to protect her from the acroesthesia she was experiencing in the soles of her feet.
acrogen
A plant, such as a fern or moss, having a perennial stem with the growing point at the tip.
acrogenic
acrogenous
acrogeria (s) (noun), acrogerias (pl)
1. The premature aging of the skin on the extremities (hands and feet) accompanied by wrinkling.
2. Congenital reduction or loss of subcutaneous (under the skin) fat and collagen of the hands and feet, giving the appearance of premature aging.
acrognosia
acrognosis
Sensory recognition of the limbs and of the different parts of each limb in relation to each other; normal sensory perception of the extremities.
acrogram
1. The use of all of the letters from a word to form the first letter of each of the words that may be formed from the letters of the first word; for example, using the word “dare” to form four words beginning with “d”, “a”, “r”, and “e”.
2. Using the letters of a word as a basis for forming lines of poetry or lines in a song, etc. by referring to each of the letters of the base word.

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