American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Ecology The condition of being stunted or dwarfed, as in certain climates.
- n. See dwarfism.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Aberration from normal form by decrease in size; the character or quality of being dwarfed or pygmy; dwarfishness: opposed to gigantism.
- n. biology, medicine Unusually small size, as a result of a developmental abnormality
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The condition of being abnormally small in stature; dwarfism; dwarfishness; -- opposed to
- n. a genetic abnormality resulting in short stature
- French nanisme, from Latin nānus, dwarf, from Greek nānos; see nano-. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Atrophy is partial and special in its operation, nanism is general.”
“Again, atrophy is to be separated from that general diminution in the size of the whole plant or of distinct parts of that plant which is comprised under the term "nanism.”
“A characteristic phenomenon is nanism: in Sardinia there are some species that are smaller than those living outside the Island, such as the small horses on the Giara plateau, or Sardinian deer, smaller than their European "cousins".”
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