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cretin

 [kre´tin]
old term for a person with cretinism; now considered offensive.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

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]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

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.
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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.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

cre·tin

(kret'in)
An obsolete term for a person exhibiting cretinism caused by congenital severe hypothyroidism.
[Fr. crétin]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

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).
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005

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]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012
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