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[ney-niz-uh m, nan-iz-]
noun Medicine/Medical.
  1. the condition of being unusually or abnormally small in size or stature; dwarfism.
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Origin of nanism

1855–60; < French nanisme, equivalent to Greek nân(os) dwarf + French -isme -ism
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Historical Examples of nanism

  • Atrophy is partial and special in its operation, nanism is general.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

nanism in Medicine


(nānĭz′əm, nănĭz′-)
  1. dwarfism
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