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

Examples of dwarfism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2023, Investigation Discovery dove into the bizarre and fascinating case of Natalia Grace, the Ukranian orphan with a rare form of dwarfism, spondyloepiphyseal, who was adopted by Michael and Kristine Barnett in 2010. Emily Longeretta, Variety, 5 Feb. 2024 That column was seen by the Ruderman Family Foundation, who reached out to Woodburn, a performer with dwarfism who has served as a member and leader of the Screen Actors Guild’s Performers With Disabilities Committee. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Mar. 2024 An actor with dwarfism is not pleased with Hugh Grant's casting as an Oompa Loompa in the upcoming Wonka movie. Jessica Wang, EW.com, 26 July 2023 According to the couple, sleep tests are recommended for people with dwarfism to ensure their sleep isn't obstructed. Jordan Greene, Peoplemag, 3 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for dwarfism 

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Word History

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dwarfism was in 1833

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“Dwarfism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dwarfism. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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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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