Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A pathological condition of arrested growth having various causes. Also called nanism.

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  • n. The condition of being a dwarf.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being a dwarf or dwarfed; dwarfishness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a genetic abnormality resulting in short stature

Etymologies

dwarf +‎ -ism (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He says my dwarfism is a hindrance and that I should concentrate on my skool work.

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  • He was born with achondroplasia, the most common condition that results in dwarfism, and was the only member of his family who was not of average height.

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  • As it happens, psychogenic dwarfism is a medical condition whose sufferers tend to be extraodinarily small and underdeveloped for their age, a condition brought on by circumstances of extreme abuse and maltreatment.

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  • He added that while this standard textbook version of stressed dwarfism is rare, there is nevertheless "major league psychopathology" throughout society, retarding human growth.

    - Boing Boing

  • His dwarfism is a disability only in how other people see him, and possibly in how a lifetime of this has shaped his character.

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  • DON VANCE, LEVY FAMILY FRIEND: Well, I think that Gary Condit was probably born with a very severe form of dwarfism, that is moral dwarfism.

    CNN Transcript Aug 6, 2001

  • She put Egg and me together, where Franny and Lilly had been, and she gave Lilly my old room and Egg's adjoining room — as if, illogically, Lilly's so-called dwarfism needed to be accommodated not only with privacy but with a large space.

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  • Short stature below three standard deviations from the mean in individuals without a medical condition such as dwarfism, growth hormone deficiency etc., is considered constitutional short stature.

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  • The infinitesimally small number of people who are true, biological hermaphrodites and the nearly as small number of people whose genotype does not match their phenotype should be treated with compassion, but in such a way that encourages them to fit into normal society -- just as other people with unusual challenges such as dwarfism and gigantism do.

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  • One piece of disturbing news, apparently the young son was found with needle marks in his arm, and investigators do believe perhaps that Chris Benoit was giving his son who suffered from some kind of dwarfism human growth hormone.

    CNN Transcript Jun 27, 2007

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