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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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 Lay was well-known throughout the Philadelphia area for his antics, which historians say were made all the more dramatic because of his dwarfism. Susan Hogan, Washington Post, "‘In the belly of hell’: The Quaker abolitionist disowned by his faith for condemning slave owners," 14 May 2018 Burke has achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism shared by between 1 in 15,000 to 40,000 people worldwide. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Why the Fashion Industry Needs to Do More For Disabled Customers," 23 Apr. 2018 Troyer suffered from achondroplasia dwarfism, which was the cause of his 2-foot 8-inch height, making him one of the shortest men in the world. Nicole Bitette, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Verne Troyer, best known as Mini-Me in ‘Austin Powers,’ dead at 49," 21 Apr. 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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