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Term Definition
Short statured

The term short stature describes height that is in the third percentile as compared to that of the average height for a person's age, sex, and racial group. Short stature is generally broken down into three subgroups: familial short stature, constitutional delay and development, and that caused by chronic disease. Familial short stature usually does not require doctor’s care. However, if short stature is related to growth hormone deficiency, the child will need to be treated before reaching puberty to achieve his/her maximum height potential.