achondroplasia

noun
achon·​dro·​pla·​sia | \ ˌā-ˌkän-drə-ˈplā-zh(ē-)ə How to pronounce achondroplasia (audio) \

Definition of achondroplasia

: a genetic disorder that is marked by abnormally slow conversion of cartilage to bone during development resulting in a form of dwarfism characterized by a usually normal torso and shortened limbs and that is usually inherited as an autosomal dominant trait

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Other Words from achondroplasia

achondroplastic \ ˌā-​ˌkän-​drə-​ˈpla-​stik How to pronounce achondroplastic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of achondroplasia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On Tuesday's episode of Little People, Big World, Tori Roloff opened up about how learning of baby Lilah's achondroplasia. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Audrey Roloff Responds to Tori's Honest and Emotional Post About Baby Lilah's Achondroplasia," 8 Apr. 2020 As a person with achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism, dating can be kind of tough when a lot of people are looking for that six-foot-four guy. Taylor Lorenz, New York Times, "Love Is Quarantine, and Your Apartment Is the Pod," 18 Mar. 2020 Vosoritide is a daily injection meant to counteract the genetic mutation that causes achondroplasia. Damian Garde, STAT, "A controversial dwarfism drug, after clearing pivotal study, heads to the FDA," 16 Dec. 2019 Bayles was born with achondroplasia, a genetic order that results in dwarfism. NBC News, "Hugh Jackman among celebrities to support bullied 9-year-old in viral video," 21 Feb. 2020 And Joss’s story is consistent with voices of the disability community such as Rebecca Cokley, who has explained how her experience with achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism, offers her advantages. Washington Post, "The new American Girl doll is the latest in a string of long-overdue wins for disability representation," 17 Jan. 2020 Sherri has spinal stenosis and achondroplasia, a form of short-limbed dwarfism, and has faced a variety of other health challenges throughout her life. Rita Price, Cincinnati.com, "Disabled couples navigate red tape on way to altar," 13 Jan. 2020 The company, BioMarin, enrolled 121 children with achondroplasia, the most common cause of dwarfism. Damian Garde, STAT, "A controversial dwarfism drug, after clearing pivotal study, heads to the FDA," 16 Dec. 2019 Furthermore, about 80% of babies with achondroplasia are born to parents of average height. Damian Garde, STAT, "A new treatment promises to make little people taller. Is it an insult to ‘dwarf pride’?," 18 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of achondroplasia

1881, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for achondroplasia

borrowed from French achondroplasie, from a- a- entry 2 + chondro- chondro- + -plasie -plasia

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The first known use of achondroplasia was in 1881

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“Achondroplasia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/achondroplasia. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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achondroplasia

noun
achon·​dro·​pla·​sia | \ ˌā-ˌkän-drə-ˈplā-zh(ē-)ə How to pronounce achondroplasia (audio) \

Medical Definition of achondroplasia

: 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

Note: 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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