acro-, acr-

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

acroagnosis (s) (noun), acroagnoses (pl)
A decrease of any sensory recognitions or feelings of a limb (arms or legs) of the body: In physiotherapy it became apparent that Clark was experiencing acroagnosis because he was unable to feel any sensations in his arms.
acroanesthesia (s) (noun), acroanesthesias (pl)
Loss of sensation in the extremities; such as the hands, fingers, feet, and toes: Severe frostbite or acroanesthesia was painful for Sharon; especially, when her fingers started to get warmer.
acroarthritis (s) (noun), acroarthritides (pl)
A medical condition affecting the joints (where two bones meet); usually, inflammation of the fingers or toes: "Oliver's acroarthritis caused inflammation of his fingers resulting in swelling, stiffness, and pain."
acroasphyxia (s) (noun) (no plural)
1. Neurosis marked by poor digital circulation of the extremities.
2. Impaired finger circulation, possibly a mild form of Raynaud’s disease (spasm of the digital arteries causing pallor or blanching of the fingers and toes), showing a purplish or waxy white color of the fingers, with subnormal local temperature and paresthesia or abnormal skin sensations: "Acroasphyxia is also known as "dead fingers" or "waxy fingers".
acroataxia (s) (noun), acroaaxias (pl)
The inability to perform smoothly coordinated voluntary movements which affect the distal portion of the extremities; such as, the hands and fingers, the feet, and the toes: "Acroataxia results in a person being unable to coordinate his or her muscle activities when trying to move around, so that no smooth movements can be performed."
acrobat (s) (noun), acrobats (pl)
1. A performer on the trapeze, tightrope, etc. who "walks on tiptoe"; such as, walking on a wire high above the ground.
2. A skilled performer of gymnastic feats; such as, walking on a tightrope or swinging on a trapeze.
3. Etymology: from French acrobate, from Greek akrobates, "rope dancer, gymnastic performer"; related to akrobatos, "going on tip-toe, climbing up high"; from akros "topmost, at the end point" + bainein, "to walk, to go".
acrobatic (adjective), more acrobatic, most acrobatic
acroblast (s) (noun), acroblasts (pl)
A granule within the young sperm cell (a spermatid) that eventually becomes the acrosome or caplike front part of a fully developed sperm cell.
acrobrachycephaly (s) (noun), acrobrachycephalies (pl)
A condition resulting from a fusion of the coronal suture, causing abnormal shortening of the front and back areas of the skull: "A condition that involves acrobrachycephaly results in a person having an abnormally short head in the front and the back because of the joining together of the bone of the forehead and the two parietal bones, the bones that form the sides and the top of the skull.
acrobryous (adjective), more acrobryous, most acrobryous
Growing only at the tip or apex of a leaf or blossom.
Inflammation of the prepuce (foreskin).
A "high-spined lizard" from Early Cretaceous Oklahoma , Utah, and Texas. Named by U.S paleotologists John Willis Stovall and Wann Langston, Jr. in 1950.
Bearing fruit at the end of the stalk, as some mosses.
acrocentric (adjective), more acrocentric, most acrocentric
A type of chromosome having the centromere near one end of the replicating chromosome, so that one arm is much longer than the other.
Denoting a head that is pointed and conelike; also known as, oxycephaly, oxycephalous.

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