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

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Perhaps the most high-profile allegation of disability discrimination during the Trump administration came after the January 2019 suspension of Tricia Newbold, a White House security specialist who has a rare form of dwarfism. NBC News, "Under Trump, discrimination complaints and firing of disabled federal workers rise," 8 Aug. 2019 Matos’s drug use began at 13, when she was prescribed Vicodin for chronic leg pain that arose from her achondroplasia dwarfism. Livia Gershon, Longreads, "Peers in Healing," 10 June 2019 Standing at four foot one, she was born with achondroplasia dwarfism. Livia Gershon, Longreads, "Peers in Healing," 10 June 2019 Born with dwarfism in Jamaica as Richard Shaw, the diminutive performer started out as a warmup dance act for the original Geto Boys in 1986, performing as Little Billy, according to an Allmusic.com biography posted on the rap group’s website. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Bushwick Bill dies; Geto Boys rapper started out as warmup dancer," 10 June 2019 The Jamaica-native, who was born with dwarfism, officially joined the Geto Boys in 1986 after performing as a backup dancer for the group. Mike Miller, EW.com, "Geto Boys' rapper Bushwick Bill dies of cancer at 52," 10 June 2019 Brad Williams was born with achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism. Nick Vadala, https://www.inquirer.com, "Need a laugh? These comedians will give you all the giggles on stages in Philadelphia, Atlantic City and beyond," 5 June 2019 Some biologists have suggested that insular dwarfism is an adaptation to limited food resources or smaller prey animals. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "The modern pygmies of Flores are not related to Homo floresiensis," 2 Aug. 2018 The family attributed her facial expression to possible feline dwarfism, and noted that the cat's back legs were a bit different than her front legs, resulting in a wobbly walk. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Grumpy Cat Has Passed Away," 17 May 2019

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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 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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