Asian boy standing next to height markers on wall

         Growth failure is a term used to describe a growth rate that is below the appropriate growth velocity (speed) for age.

The term growth delay may refer to a situation in which a child is short but appears to be able to grow longer than children usually do, and thus, may not end up short as an adult.

Short stature may be a normal expression of a person’s genetic potential and, therefore, the growth rate is normal.


Short stature may also be a result of a condition that causes growth failure and a growth rate that is slower than normal. 

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