dwarf·​ism ˈdwȯr-ˌfi-zəm How to pronounce dwarfism (audio)
: a condition of stunted growth
especially : a condition (such as achondroplasia) of people and animals marked by unusually small size or short stature

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Zach and all three of the couple's children live with achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism, while Tori is of average height. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 21 Nov. 2022 Those are the odds of Mikey Witous’s average-height parents having a child with achondroplasia, one of several genetic conditions associated with dwarfism. Kevin Swan, Men's Health, 14 Nov. 2022 Tori is of average height while her husband Zach Roloff and three children, Josiah, 6 months, Lilah, 2, and Jackson, 5, were born with achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism. Georgia Slater, Peoplemag, 3 Nov. 2022 Solomon uses the framework of horizontal identities (difference between generations) to examine parent and child relationships in families living with rape, prodigy, autism, Deafness, dwarfism, and more. Molly Mcardle, Men's Health, 3 Oct. 2022 About one per 10,000 births is a baby with some form of dwarfism. Sallee Ann Harrison, USA TODAY, 21 Oct. 2022 Little People, Big World — which has been running off and on since 2006 — depicts a family with dwarfism not as oddities or objects of pity, but simply as farmers living their lives. Elizabeth Blackwell, Longreads, 23 Sep. 2022 Bayles has a type of dwarfism known as achondroplasia, and was being harshly bullied at school. Christian Holub, EW.com, 22 Aug. 2022 By 2014, Maria had become a specialist in pediatric dwarfism. New York Times, 13 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1865, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dwarfism was in 1865

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“Dwarfism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dwarfism. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition


dwarf·​ism ˈdwȯr-ˌfiz-əm How to pronounce dwarfism (audio)
: a condition of stunted growth
especially : a condition (as achondroplasia) marked by unusually small size or short stature

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