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cretin

 [kre´tin]
old term for a person with cretinism; now considered offensive.

cre·tin

(kreh'tin, krē'tin),
1. Obsolete term for a patient exhibiting cretinism.
2. Obsolete term for anyone exhibiting congenital hypo-thyroidism.
[Fr. crétin]

cretin

(krēt′n)
n. Often Offensive
1. A person with cretinism.
2. A person considered to be foolish or unintelligent.

cre′tin·oid′ (-oid′) adj.
cre′tin·ous (-əs) adj.

cretin

See cretinism.

cretin

Congenital hypothyroidism Endocrinology A person with defective thyroxine or thyroglobulin synthesis Etiology Goiter, iodine deficiency in the mother while pregnant; thyroid gland defects–aplasia, hypoplasia or dysgenesis Clinical Cold intolerance, serosal effusions, myxedema, ↓ metabolic rate, ↑ cholesterol, profound mental retardation–hypothyroid idiocy, ↓ growth. See Thyroid gland.

cre·tin

(kret'in)
An obsolete term for a person exhibiting cretinism caused by congenital severe hypothyroidism.
[Fr. crétin]

cretin

a person suffering or who has suffered from serious reduction in THYROID GLAND activity during development. Cretins shows slow growth, pot belly, gross intellectual deficiency and retarded sexual development, and tend to die young (at eight to ten years).

cre·tin

(kret'in)
1. Obsolete term for a patient exhibiting cretinism.
2. Obsolete term for anyone exhibiting congenital hypothyroidism. This offensive term should be avoided.
[Fr. crétin]

cretin,

n a thyroid-deficient dwarfed individual with mental subnormality.

cretin

a patient exhibiting cretinism.
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