achondroplasia : Definition, Usages, News and More

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  • n  an inherited skeletal disorder beginning before birth; cartilage is converted to bone resulting in dwarfism

  • For victims of the commonest type of dwarfism, achondroplasia, marked by short limbs, large heads and "scooped out" noses, no hormonal or other treatment is effective.
  • Doctors who earlier noticed cases of this kind of dwarfism among the Amish mistook it for achondroplasia, a form made familiar by Velsquez's paintings of dwarfs as court .

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