Siamese twins

Siamese twins
n.
[after such a pair of twins, Chang and Eng (1811-1874), of Siam]
any pair of twins born with bodies joined together in some way

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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  • Siamese twins — ► PLURAL NOUN ▪ twins that are physically joined at birth, in some cases sharing organs. ORIGIN with reference to the Siamese men Chang and Eng (1811 74), who were joined at the waist …   English terms dictionary

  • Siamese twins — Siamese twins. См. сиамские близнецы. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • Siamese twins — 1. congenitally united twins, Chang and Eng (1811 74), born in Siam, who were joined to each other at the chest by a short, tubular, cartilaginous band. 2. any twins who are born joined together in any manner. [1820 30] * * * Siamese twins plural …   Useful english dictionary

  • Siamese Twins —    On April 15, 1811, in Mekong or possibly Bangesau, Siam, two boys were born joined at the waist by a short tubular cartilaginous band through which their circulatory systems functioned. Physicians said that it would be fatal to cut them apart… …   Dictionary of eponyms

  • Siamese twins — [19] The original ‘Siamese twins’ were two males, Chang and Eng (1811– 74), born in Siam (now Thailand), who were joined together at the hip. No attempt was made to separate them, and they lived to a respectable age; each married and fathered… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • Siamese twins — [19] The original ‘Siamese twins’ were two males, Chang and Eng (1811– 74), born in Siam (now Thailand), who were joined together at the hip. No attempt was made to separate them, and they lived to a respectable age; each married and fathered… …   Word origins

  • SIAMESE TWINS —    twins born in Siam, of Chinese parents, whose bodies were united by a fleshy band extended between corresponding breast bones; were purchased from their mother and exhibited in Europe and America, realised a competency by their exhibitions,… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Siamese twins — plural noun twins that are physically joined at birth, in some cases sharing organs. Origin with ref. to the Siamese men Chang and Eng (1811–74), who were joined at the waist …   English new terms dictionary

  • Siamese twins — identical twins that are physically joined together at birth. The condition ranges from twins joined only by the umbilical blood vessels (allantoido angiopagous twins) to those in whom conjoined heads or trunk are inseparable. * * * conjoined t s …   Medical dictionary

  • Siamese twins — Si′amese twins′ n. pl. twins who are congenitally joined together • Etymology: 1820–30; alluding to Chang and Eng (1811–74), twins born in Siam who were joined in this way …   From formal English to slang

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