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Nanism \Na"nism\ (n[=a]"n[i^]z'm; n[a^]n"[i^]z'm), n. [Gr. na^nos + -ism: cf. F. nanisme.] The condition of being abnormally small in stature; dwarfism; dwarfishness; -- opposed to gigantism.


n. (context biology medicine English) Unusually small size, as the result of a developmental abnormality.


n. a genetic abnormality resulting in short stature [syn: dwarfism]

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Council at Apex, which, yes, he now knew, and not too remarkably so, had kept alive its own store of the highly classified nanisms, the biological base of the down-world taps, that never should have left Concord, nanoceles that were supposed to be confined to the Project from the making of the Treaty onward.

Your body does that when the nanisms rush to an injury: there are so many they congest the area.

But know this: you carry these nanisms wherever you go, and shed them into the soil and the water.