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Definition of Cretinism

Cretinism: Congenital hypothyroidism (underactivity of the thyroid gland at birth), which results in growth retardation, developmental delay, and other abnormal features. Cretinism can be due to deficiency of iodine in the mother's diet during pregnancy.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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