[ ney-niz-uh m, nan-iz- ]
/ ˈneɪ nɪz əm, ˈnæn ɪz- /

noun Medicine/Medical.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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


[ nānĭz′əm, nănĭz′- ]


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