dysplastic body type

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A misshapen and ugly somatotype believed by the German psychiatrist Ernst Kretschmer (1888–1964) and his followers to be prone to schizophrenia. See also Kretschmer constitutional type. Compare asthenic body type, athletic body type, pyknic body type. [From Greek dys- bad or abnormal + plastikos mouldable, from plassein to form + -itikos resembling or marked by]

Subjects: Psychology.

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