achondroplasia /əˌkɒndrə(ʊ)ˈpleɪzɪə, eɪˌkɒndrə(ʊ)ˈpleɪzɪə/

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I. noun [ mass noun]

1. a hereditary condition in which the growth of long bones by ossification of cartilage is retarded, resulting in very short limbs and sometimes a face which is small in relation to the skull.
II. derivatives

1. achondroplasic
adjective


2. achondroplastic
adjective


– origin late 19th cent.: from a-1 ‘without’ + Greek khondros ‘cartilage’ + plasis ‘moulding’ + -ia1.

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