Meaning of cretinism in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkrɛtnˌɪz(ə)m/

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mass noun
  • 1 informal, derogatory Foolishness or stupidity.

  • 2Medicine
    dated A condition of abnormal mental and physical development resulting from a deficiency of thyroid hormone in fetal or early life, typically characterized by intellectual disability, small stature, and thickening of the facial features.


Early 19th century from cretin + -ism.