dwarf·​ism | \ˈdwȯr-ˌfi-zəm \

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

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On Monday, the Little Women: LA star, 37, revealed in a new interview that Grayson has pseudoachondroplasia, the same form of dwarfism Jolé’s husband Joe Gnoffo has. Melody Chiu, PEOPLE.com, "Terra Jolé Is Embracing Her Son Grayson's Dwarfism But Knows 'It Won't Always Be Easy'," 9 May 2018 The reality show will follow the lives of Lauren and Nate Webnar, and their four-year-old daughter Juniper, who were all born with achondroplasia dwarfism. Eileen Reslen, Good Housekeeping, "EXCLUSIVE: TLC Announces New Series 'Little Life on the Prairie' to Premiere August 20," 2 Aug. 2018 When Duke Bullock, a cow in England, was born with dwarfism, he was rejected by his herd and forced to fend for himself. Rebecca Shinners, Country Living, "This Rescued Dwarf Cow Is Learning to Walk Using An Amazing Device," 29 July 2015 Chandler, who has dwarfism, also played field hockey this past fall. BostonGlobe.com, "2017-17 Para Athlete All-Scholastics," 29 June 2018 Since opening in 2009, the theme park has been staffed exclusively by about 100 performers under 130 cm (4ft 3in) tall, most of whom have congenital conditions causing dwarfism. Charlie Campbell / Kunming, Time, "Finding Love in the Kingdom of the Little People," 1 June 2018 She was born with dwarfism at Goose Creek Farm in St Louis, Missouri. Bianca Britton, CNN, "Meet Big Jake and Thumbelina: The tallest and smallest horse in the world," 23 May 2018 Luzon Island might have been the place for similar endemic evolution of hominins into dwarfism just like what happened on Flores Island. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Humans were in Philippines thousands of years before previously thought," 2 May 2018 Toby De Silva—Barcroft Media/Getty Images For people with dwarfism, even education is no panacea. Charlie Campbell / Kunming, Time, "Finding Love in the Kingdom of the Little People," 1 June 2018

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1865, in the meaning defined above

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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


dwarf·​ism | \ˈdwȯr-ˌfiz-əm \

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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