Definition of conjoined twins in English:

conjoined twins

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plural noun

  • Twins that are physically joined at birth, sometimes sharing organs, and in some cases separable by surgery (depending on the degree of fusion).

    ‘Every time we hear about medical efforts to separate conjoined twins, especially twins who are joined together in such an intimate way, there is always, it seems, a risk to one of them or to another one of them.’
    • ‘Joan's mother used to joke around, saying that she never remembered giving birth to conjoined twins.’
    • ‘The young mother had no idea she had delivered a pair of conjoined twins until a month after the birth.’
    • ‘Biology and environment are as inseparable as conjoined twins who share a common heart.’
    • ‘The act seems properly described as a surgical intervention to separate conjoined twins.’
    • ‘Specifically, I am referring to an act that purported to be a pair of conjoined twins who aspire to be opera singers.’
    • ‘Even when their twin was dying, many conjoined twins have accepted their own deaths over separation.’
    • ‘The hospital has separated 20 conjoined twins since 1975, eight of whom have survived, including two whose twins had not completely developed.’
    • ‘Doctors performed four major surgeries since October to gradually separate the boys, instead of the marathon sessions used in previous separations of conjoined twins.’
    • ‘It's actually an extremely rare birth defect caused by an undeveloped conjoined twin.’
    • ‘Doctors here in the U.S. are operating on another set of conjoined twins, the first of several surgeries taking place New York right now for a pair of 18-month-old Filipino boys.’
    • ‘Straight ahead, 2-year-old conjoined twins spend their first day apart after surgery.’
    • ‘Well, following more than 18 hours of surgery, one of the conjoined twins from Germany has died.’
    • ‘A neurosurgeon who assisted in the failed attempt to separate adult conjoined twins from Iran has said the operation should have been done in several stages instead of one procedure.’
    • ‘Continuing advances in medicine prompt this question, which has been brought sharply into focus in the last few years by the issue of the separation of conjoined twins.’
    • ‘It's a false dichotomy: or, at best, a crude attempt to separate conjoined twins.’
    • ‘Doctors remain unsure why such conjoined twins do not fully separate while in their mother's womb.’
    • ‘Sentimentality and sappiness have always been as difficult to separate as conjoined twins.’
    • ‘A simple preliminary question: should the birth of conjoined twins be counted as one birth or two?’
    • ‘Well you two might as well be conjoined twins.’


conjoined twins

/kənˌjoind ˈtwinz/ /kənˌdʒɔɪnd ˈtwɪnz/


The term conjoined twins has supplanted Siamese twins in all contexts other than informal conversation