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achondroplasia

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noun achon·dro·pla·sia \ˌā-ˌkän-drə-ˈplā-zh(ē-)ə\

Medical Definition of achondroplasia

  1. :  a genetic disorder that is marked by abnormally slow conversion of cartilage to bone during development and results in a form of dwarfism characterized by a usually normal torso and shortened limbs Achondroplasia is usually inherited as an autosomal dominant trait requiring that only one parent passes on a copy of the defective gene on a chromosome other than a sex chromosome. The majority of cases of achondroplasia result from a new spontaneous gene mutation. —compare ateliosis




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