- (pathology) A condition of severely stunted physical and mental growth due to the untreated congenital deficiency of thyroid hormones.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
n. [F. crétinisme.] A
condition of endemic or inherited idiocy, accompanied by physical
degeneracy and deformity (usually with goiter), frequent in
certain mountain valleys, esp. of the Alps.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Cretinism, a disease prevalent in valleys as those of the Alps,
characterised by mental imbecility, and associated with abnormal and
arrested physical development.
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