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Dwarfism vs. Midget

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Dwarfismnoun

The condition of being a dwarf.

Midgetnoun

(originally) A little sandfly.

‘Although tiny and just two-winged, midgets can bite you till you itch all over your unprotected skin.’;

Dwarfismnoun

a genetic abnormality resulting in short stature

Midgetnoun

(loosely) Any small swarming insect similar to the mosquito; a midge

Dwarfism

Dwarfism occurs when an organism is exceptionally small. In humans, it is sometimes defined as an adult height of less than 147 centimetres (4 ft 10 in), regardless of sex; the average adult height among people with dwarfism is 122 centimetres (4 ft 0 in), although some individuals with dwarfism are slightly taller.

Midgetnoun

A normally proportioned person with small stature, usually defined as reaching an adult height less than 4'10".

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Midgetnoun

(sometimes derogatory) Any short person.

Midgetnoun

(attributively) A small version of something; miniature.

‘the midget pony’;

Midgetnoun

A minute bloodsucking fly.

Midgetnoun

A very diminutive person having normal proportions of the body parts; compare dwarf.

Midgetnoun

a person who is abnormally small

Midgetadjective

very small;

‘diminutive in stature’; ‘a lilliputian chest of drawers’; ‘her petite figure’; ‘tiny feet’; ‘the flyspeck nation of Bahrain moved toward democracy’;

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Midget

Midget (from midge, a sand fly) is a term for a person of unusually short stature that is considered by some to be pejorative. While not a medical term, it has been applied to persons of unusually short stature, often with dwarfism, a medical condition with a number of causes including achondroplasia, and particularly proportionate dwarfism.

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