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infantilism

 [in-fan´tĭ-lizm, in´fan-tĭ-lizm]
persistence of the characteristics of childhood into adult life, marked by mental retardation, underdevelopment of the reproductive organs, and often dwarfism.

in·fan·ti·lism

(in-făn'ti-lizm), Negative and pejorative connotations of this word may render it offensive in some contexts.
1. A state marked by slow development of mind and body. Synonym(s): infantile dwarfism
2. Childishness, as characterized by a temper tantrum of an adolescent or adult.
3. Underdevelopment of the sexual organs.

infantilism

/in·fan·ti·lism/ (in´fan-til-izm) (in-fan´til-izm) persistence of childhood characters into adult life, marked by mental retardation, underdevelopment of sex organs, and often dwarfism.
cachectic infantilism  that due to chronic infection or poisoning.
hypophysial infantilism  a type of dwarfism with retention of infantile characteristics, due to undersecretion of growth hormone and gonadotropin deficiency.
sexual infantilism  continuance of prepubertal sex characters and behavior after the usual age of puberty.
universal infantilism  general dwarfishness in stature, with absence of secondary sex characteristics.

infantilism

(ĭn′fən-tl-ĭz′əm, ĭn-făn′tl-)
n.
A state of arrested development in an adult, characterized by retention of infantile mentality, accompanied by stunted growth and sexual immaturity, and often by dwarfism.

infantilism

[infan′tiliz′əm]
Etymology: L, infans, unable to speak
1 a condition in which various anatomical, physiological, and psychological characteristics of childhood persist in the adult. It is characterized by mental retardation, underdeveloped sexual organs, and usually small stature. Compare progeria.
2 a condition, usually of psychological rather than organic origin, characterized by speech and voice patterns in an older child or adult that are typical of very young children.

nepiophilia

A variant of paedophilia that hinges on sexual imagery of or contact with infants.

in·fan·ti·lism

(in-fan'ti-lizm)
1. A state marked by slow development of mind and body.
2. Childishness, as characterized by a temper tantrum of an adolescent or adult.
3. Underdevelopment of the sexual organs.

infantilism

Persistence of child-like characteristics of body and mind into adult life. Arrested development in an adult.

in·fan·ti·lism

(in-fan'ti-lizm)
A state marked by slow development of mind and body.

infantilism (infan´tilizəm),

n a disturbance marked by mental retardation and retention of childhood characteristics into adult life. Teeth may be delayed in eruption or absent.

infantilism

reduced size, poor sexual development, poor mental development in adult companion animals.

Patient discussion about infantilism

Q. How do I break it to my mother that I have infantile amnesia

A. i'de let the doctor that diagnosed me with infantile amnesia to tell it to my parents, he can explains to your mother exactly what it means,treatments all sorts..

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