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  • (pathology) A condition of severely stunted physical and mental growth due to the untreated congenital deficiency of thyroid hormones.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

Cre"tin*ism (krē"t&ibreve;n*&ibreve;z'm), 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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