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[ey-kon-druh-pley-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh]
noun Pathology.
  1. defective conversion of cartilage into bone, especially at the epiphyses of long bones, producing a type of dwarfism.
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Origin of achondroplasia

First recorded in 1890–95; a-6 + chondro- + -plasia
Related formsa·chon·dro·plas·tic [ey-kon-druh-plas-tik] /eɪˌkɒn drəˈplæs tɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for achondroplasia


  1. a skeletal disorder, characterized by failure of normal conversion of cartilage into bone, that begins during fetal life and results in dwarfism
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Derived Formsachondroplastic (eɪˌkɒndrəʊˈplæstɪk), adjective

Word Origin for achondroplasia

C20: New Latin; see a- 1, chondro-, -plasia
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achondroplasia in Medicine


(ā-kŏn′drō-plāzhə, ə-kŏn′-)
  1. Improper development of cartilage at the ends of the long bones, resulting in a form of congenital dwarfism.osteosclerosis congenita
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Related formsa•chon′dro•plastic (-plăstĭk) adj.
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