from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Ecology The condition of being stunted or dwarfed, as in certain climates.
  • n. See dwarfism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Unusually small size, as a result of a developmental abnormality

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The condition of being abnormally small in stature; dwarfism; dwarfishness; -- opposed to gigantism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Aberration from normal form by decrease in size; the character or quality of being dwarfed or pygmy; dwarfishness: opposed to gigantism.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a genetic abnormality resulting in short stature


French nanisme, from Latin nānus, dwarf, from Greek nānos; see nano-.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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