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1. The quality or condition of being a giant.
2. See gigantism.
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(Pathology) another term for gigantism
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(ˈdʒaɪ ənˌtɪz əm)

2. the state or quality of being a giant.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.giantism - 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.giantism - excessive largeness of stature
bigness, largeness - the property of having a relatively great size
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