Infantilism of the female genital organs may be only a local manifestation of general infantilism (infantilismus universalis). More frequently, however, it is observed in women who, aside from the genital organs, present no recognizable defects in development, and who, for that matter, may be unusually well developed. It is this local form of infantilism (infantilismus partialis or genitalis) with which we are concerned in this paper. Its very great frequency can be attested by every gynecologist, although I know of no figures bearing on this point. The clinical importance of the condition rests chiefly on two considerations: (1) the frequency with which it is associated with aberrations of the menstrual function, and (2) the fact that it often seems to constitute the anatomic basis for sterility.
Strictly speaking, the term "infantile uterus" should indicate that the organ resembles that normally found in the infant. The development of the uterus may,