[ gahr-goi-liz-uh m ]
/ ˈgɑr gɔɪˌlɪz əm /

noun Pathology.

a congenital abnormality characterized chiefly by dwarfism, grotesque deformities of the head, trunk, and limbs, mental retardation, and enlargement of the liver and spleen.

Origin of gargoylism

First recorded in 1935–40; gargoyle + -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for gargoylism


[ gärgoil′ĭz′əm ]


A condition characterized by coarsened facial surface and distorted features and associated with Hurler's syndrome and Hunter's syndrome.
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