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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.
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Adj.1.achondroplastic - of or relating to achondroplasiaachondroplastic - of or relating to achondroplasia  
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Kingsnorth, "An unusual cause of back pain in an achondroplastic man," Hernia, vol.
A 27 years old primi parturient achondroplastic dwarf (Fig-1 & 2) with 37 weeks of gestation was admitted for an emergency lower segment caesarian section with cephalopelvic disproportion and foetal distress.
Anesthetic management of achondroplastic dwarf undergoing cesarean section--a case report.
Both Herbie and his wife, Gail, who survives him, were achondroplastic dwarfs, just over 4 feet tall.
Achondroplasia Achondroplastic dwarfs have short stature with an average adult height of 131cm (4ft 3in) for males and 123cm (4ft, 'in) for females
(255) For example, substantially limiting diseases with a genetic component include muscular dystrophy (an x-linked genetic disorder), multiple sclerosis, achondroplastic dwarfism, adult polycystic kidney disease, cystic fibrosis, hemophilia and diabetes mellitus.
We have presented a case of an achondroplastic patient with spinal stenosis so severe that no CSF was discernible around the nerve roots at the levels of the lumbar pedicles and discs upon MRI scan.
I challenge anyone to look at Velasquez's magnificent portraits of achondroplastic dwarves in the Prado, and genuinely to believe that they represent a visual argument justifying the maltreatment, mockery, or disdain of such dwarves, or that they are meant as examples of human life that is so unworthy of life that it would have been better they had never been born, or had been strangled at birth.