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Improper development of cartilage at the ends of the long bones, resulting in a form of congenital dwarfism.

a·chon′dro·plas′tic (-plăs′tĭk) adj.


(Pathology) a skeletal disorder, characterized by failure of normal conversion of cartilage into bone, that begins during fetal life and results in dwarfism
[C20: New Latin; see a-1, chondro-, -plasia]
achondroplastic adj


(eɪˌkɒn drəˈpleɪ ʒə, -ʒi ə)

a defect of fetal bone development, resulting in a type of dwarfism characterized by a large head and short limbs.
[1890–95; a-6 + Greek chóndro(s) cartilage + -plasia]
a•chon`dro•plas′tic (-ˈplæs tɪk) adj.


An inherited condition resulting in short stature. There is defective cartilage growth and defective ability to form bones.
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Noun1.achondroplasia - an inherited skeletal disorder beginning before birthachondroplasia - an inherited skeletal disorder beginning before birth; cartilage is converted to bone resulting in dwarfism


[MIM*100800 *134934]
n. acondroplasia, deformidad ósea de nacimiento; enanismo.


n acondroplasia
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