[ ey-kon-druh-pley-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh ]
/ eɪˌkɒn drəˈpleɪ ʒə, -ʒi ə, -zi ə /
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noun Pathology.

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

OTHER WORDS FROM achondroplasia

a·chon·dro·plas·tic [ey-kon-druh-plas-tik], /eɪˌkɒn drəˈplæs tɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for achondroplasia

/ (eɪˌkɒndrəʊˈpleɪzɪə) /


a skeletal disorder, characterized by failure of normal conversion of cartilage into bone, that begins during fetal life and results in dwarfism

Derived forms of achondroplasia

achondroplastic (eɪˌkɒndrəʊˈplæstɪk), adjective

Word Origin for achondroplasia

C20: New Latin; see a- 1, chondro-, -plasia
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Medical definitions for achondroplasia

[ ā-kŏn′drō-plāzhə, ə-kŏn′- ]


Improper development of cartilage at the ends of the long bones, resulting in a form of congenital dwarfism.osteosclerosis congenita

Other words from achondroplasia

a•chon′dro•plastic (-plăstĭk) adj.
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