from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- adj. Having abnormally short fingers.
Moreover, it will be found, if a number of brachydactylous persons are examined, that no two of them are affected to exactly the same degree.
It tends to affect the entire skeleton, and in a family where one child is markedly brachydactylous, that child is generally shorter than the others.
The word 'brachydactylous' comes form Greek roots meaning 'short' and 'finger'.