Definitions for "Cretinism"
severe congenital thyroid deficiency during childhood leading to physical and mental retardation
Physical and mental retardation due to congenital lack of thyroid hormone.
Mental retardation and physical problems caused by hypothyroidism from birth which was not treated soon enough with thyroid hormone replacements. The U.S. tests all infants at birth for hypothyroidism to prevent cretinism.
A condition of endemic or inherited idiocy, accompanied by physical degeneracy and deformity (usually with goiter), frequent in certain mountain valleys, esp. of the Alps.