Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Aberration from normal form by decrease in size; the character or quality of being dwarfed or pygmy; dwarfishness: opposed to gigantism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The condition of being abnormally small in stature; dwarfism; dwarfishness; -- opposed to gigantism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun biology, medicine Unusually small size, as a result of a developmental abnormality

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

  • noun a genetic abnormality resulting in short stature

Etymologies

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

[French nanisme, from Latin nānus, dwarf, from Greek nānos; see nano–.]

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  • O, nanism!

    June 22, 2009