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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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Just training the camera on the grave of the youngest boy to die from Ireland in the trenches - a 14-year-old - said more about the small-minded cretins who caused these brave men to be forgotten than all the let's-put-the-past-behind-us platitudes.
Watching In the Line of Fire with John Simpson on Sunday night, I didn't know whether I was hearing heavy Iraqi artillery firing at the BBC reporter on the TV or one of the cretins up my street launching yet another round of bangers.
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O'Neill said: "On top of everything, you get footballing cretins like Ken Bates writing in his programme notes that we'd come along and play for penalties.
The facile means by which socio-political opportunists have carved out a powerful niche for themselves based on the reliably appalling behavior of cretins should quash any foolish doubts one might have had about the strategic sophistication of the feminine mind.
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It is to be hoped that these cretins will not be tried at Birmingham Crown Courts in front of Judge Daniel Pearce-Higgins, just the latest in a line of the presiding judiciary from a different planet who appear to gravitate to our assizes.
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