Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Cri-du-chat Syndrome

Congenital syndrome marked by profound physical deformity (low-set ears, facial disproportion, microcephaly, wide-set eyes), profound mental retardation, and a shrill vocalization in infancy that sounds like a cat’s cry. Cause is a deletion in chromosome

5. Most affected individuals are aborted spontaneously or die in the first year of life, but some live into adulthood. Aka cat’s cry syndrome, 5p-syndrome.

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