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[kreet-n-iz-uh m or, esp. British, kret-] /ˈkrit nˌɪz əm or, esp. British, ˈkrɛt-/
noun, Pathology.
a congenital disease due to absence or deficiency of normal thyroid secretion, characterized by physical deformity, dwarfism, and mental retardation, and often by goiter.
Origin of cretinism
1795-1805; < French crétinisme. See cretin, -ism Unabridged
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(old-fashioned) a condition arising from a deficiency of thyroid hormone, present from birth, characterized by dwarfism and mental retardation See also myxoedema
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cretinism cre·tin·ism (krēt'n-ĭz'əm)
A congenital condition due to thyroid hormone deficiency during fetal development and marked in childhood by dwarfed stature, mental retardation, dystrophy of the bones, and a low basal metabolism. Also called congenital myxedema, cretinoid dysplasia.

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