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Achondroplasia 101
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The word achondroplasia is derived from Greek and means "without cartilage formation," although individuals with achondroplasia do have cartilage. During fetal development and childhood, cartilage normally develops into bone, excep in a few places, such as the nose and the ears. In individuals with achondroplasia, something goes wrong with this process, especially in the long bones (upper arms and thighs). The rate at which cartilage cells in the growth plates of the long bones turn into bone is slow, leading to short bones and reduced height.

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