cretinism

noun
cre·tin·ism | \ˈkrē-tᵊn-ˌi-zəm \

Definition of cretinism 

: a usually congenital abnormal condition marked by physical stunting and mental retardation and caused by severe hypothyroidism

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Even Switzerland, like Bolivia, Nepal and other mountainous countries, once had high rates of goiters and cretinism caused by iodine deficiency, as did low-lying flood-prone areas far from the ocean in Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia. Donald G. Mcneil Jr., New York Times, "Should We Be Buying Iodized Salt?," 21 July 2017 In 1997, according to Unicef, almost a fifth of its population had goiters — swollen thyroid glands in the neck that indicate serious deficiency, which can also cause dwarfism and cretinism. Donald G. Mcneil Jr., New York Times, "How a Tsunami in Japan Endangered Children in Cambodia," 15 May 2017

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1801, in the meaning defined above

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cretinism

noun
cre·tin·ism | \-ᵊn-ˌiz-əm \

Medical Definition of cretinism 

: a usually congenital abnormal condition marked by physical stunting and mental retardation and caused by severe thyroid deficiency

called also infantile myxedema

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