gigantism


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gi·gan·tism

 (jī-găn′tĭz′əm)
n.
1. The quality or state of being gigantic; abnormally large size.
2. Excessive growth of the body or any of its parts, especially as a result of oversecretion of the growth hormone by the pituitary gland. Also called giantism.

gigantism

(ˈdʒaɪɡænˌtɪzəm; dʒaɪˈɡæntɪzəm)
n
1. (Pathology) Also called: giantism excessive growth of the entire body, caused by over-production of growth hormone by the pituitary gland during childhood or adolescence. Compare acromegaly
2. the state or quality of being gigantic

gi•gan•tism

(dʒaɪˈgæn tɪz əm, dʒɪ-, ˈdʒaɪ gænˌtɪz əm)

n.
great overgrowth in size of the body or developmentally related parts of the body.
[1880–85]

gigantism

Medicine. the condition of abnormally great development in size or stature of the whole body or any of its parts, most often caused by a pituitary disorder. Cf. nanism.
See also: Size

gigantism

Oversecretion of growth hormone in childhood, resulting in taller-than-average stature. If the oversecretion occurs in adulthood, the condition is acromegaly, resulting in a thickening of facial bones and fingers.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gigantism - excessive size; usually caused by excessive secretion of growth hormone from the pituitary gland
hyperpituitarism - excessive activity of the pituitary gland (especially overactivity of the anterior lobe which leads to excess secretion of growth hormone)
hypertrophy - abnormal enlargement of a body part or organ
2.gigantism - excessive largeness of stature
bigness, largeness - the property of having a relatively great size
Translations

gi·gan·tism

n. gigantismo, desarrollo en exceso del cuerpo o de una parte de éste;
___, acromegalic___ acromegálico;
___, eunuchoid___ eunucoide, gigantismo acompañado de características e insuficiencia sexual propias del eunuco;
___, normal___normal, desarrollo normal de los órganos sexuales y proporción normal de los órganos y partes del cuerpo, gen. causado por secreción excesiva de la glándula pituitaria.

gigantism

n gigantismo
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