[ ney-niz-uh m, nan-iz- ]
/ ˈneɪ nɪz əm, ˈnæn ɪz- /
the condition of being unusually or abnormally small in size or stature; dwarfism.
Origin of nanism
1855–60; < French nanisme, equivalent to Greek nân(os) dwarf + French -isme -ism
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Examples from the Web for nanism
Atrophy is partial and special in its operation, nanism is general.Vegetable Teratology|Maxwell T. Masters
Medicine definitions for nanism
[ nā′nĭz′əm, năn′ĭz′- ]
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