noun \ˈdwr-ˌfi-zəm\

medical : a condition that causes a person to stop growing before reaching normal adult size

Full Definition of DWARFISM

:  the condition of stunted growth

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noun \ˈdwr-ˌfiz-əm\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of DWARFISM

: the condition of stunted growth


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Growth retardation resulting in abnormally short adult stature. It is caused by a variety of hereditary and metabolic disorders. Pituitary dwarfism is caused by insufficient growth hormone. Hereditary dwarfisms include achondroplasia, with normal trunk size but short limbs and a large head; hypochondroplasia, similar except for normal head size; and diastrophic dwarfism, with progressive, crippling skeletal deformities. Intelligence is normal in these forms of dwarfism. Some kinds include intellectual disability. Dwarfism may also result from inadequate nutrition in early life (see rickets).


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