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dwarfism

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Pronunciation: /ˈdwɔːfɪz(ə)m
 
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Definition of dwarfism in English:

noun

[mass noun]
(In medical or technical contexts) unusually or abnormally low stature or small size.
Example sentences
  • Mutations in the transmembrane domain of FGFR3 cause the most common genetic form of dwarfism, achondroplasia.
  • There was no history of familial dwarfism or known exposure to teratogenic drugs.
  • The problem, according to Martin, is that while the body size of a large species shrinks considerably in cases of island dwarfism, brain size shrinks moderately.

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