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[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 Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Atrophy is partial and special in its operation, nanism is general.

    Vegetable Teratology Maxwell T. Masters
nanism in Medicine

nanism na·nism (nā'nĭz'əm, nān'ĭz'-)
See dwarfism.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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