gigantism


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

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
References in periodicals archive ?
The results obtained suggest that gigantism was common among the grandparents of today's penguins.
A few inches aren't going to make you look like you suffer from gigantism.
Gigantism is a disorder that occurs when the body over produces growth hormones during childhood.
The drug is already approved for the treatment of acromegaly and pituitary gigantism in Japan since 2012.
Gallerist Angarani praises Mohsen's work, saying he doesn't resort to any of the tricks used nowadays in contemporary art, such as gigantism or the unbridled use of technology, but rather relies on the power of drawing.
Some of the medical oddities featured on the 'cautionary' show include: A rare form of gigantism of the limbs.
Hitler's plans for the reconstruction of Berlin reflected the same neoclassical gigantism.
So this calligrapher, Omar Aqta', switched from miniaturization to gigantism.
Recognizing this, Reagan "call[ed] for an end to gigantism, for a return to the human scale.
Other names for this condition are localized hypertrophy, local gigantism, and megalodactyly.