dwarfism

noun
dwarf·​ism | \ ˈdwȯr-ˌfi-zəm How to pronounce dwarfism (audio) \

Definition of dwarfism

: a condition of stunted growth especially : a condition (such as achondroplasia) of people and animals marked by unusually small size or short stature

Examples of dwarfism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The polydactyl cat was born with feline dwarfism and other genetic mutations that kept her kitten-sized for her entire life, with huge eyes and a protruding tongue. NBC News, "Famed internet cat Lil Bub dies at age 8," 2 Dec. 2019 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 Next year, BioMarin will begin making its case to global regulators, advancing a debate that has been polarizing among people with dwarfism. 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 condition that causes dwarfism. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Quaden Bayles: Hugh Jackman, Megyn Kelly send support to bullied boy after 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 And the Zac Brown Band apologized for using a person with dwarfism in an onstage skit. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, "Mitch Albom: Sorry seems to be the easiest word in an election year," 19 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 What were your feelings about him, and about representation in popular culture of dwarfism in general? Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Peter Dinklage Is Still Punk Rock," 8 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of dwarfism

1865, in the meaning defined above

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“Dwarfism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dwarfism. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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dwarfism

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English Language Learners Definition of dwarfism

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

dwarfism

noun
dwarf·​ism | \ ˈdwȯr-ˌfiz-əm How to pronounce dwarfism (audio) \

Medical Definition of dwarfism

: a condition of stunted growth especially : a condition (as achondroplasia) marked by unusually small size or short stature

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