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pygmy

Pronunciation: pig'me

Definition: A physiologic dwarf with normal serum levels of growth hormone and somatomedin and refractoriness to exogenous hormone; especially one of a race of similar people, such as the pygmies of central Africa.

Synonym(s): pigmy

[G. pygmaios, dwarfish, fr. pygme, fist, also a measure of length from elbow to knuckles]

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