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 (hī′pər-pĭ-to͞o′ĭ-tə-rĭz′əm, -tyo͞o′-)
1. Pathologically excessive production of anterior pituitary hormones, especially growth hormones.
2. The condition resulting from an excess of pituitary hormones, characterized by gigantism in children and acromegaly in adults.

hy′per·pi·tu′i·tar′y (-tĕr′ē) adj.


(Pathology) pathol overactivity of the pituitary gland, sometimes resulting in acromegaly or gigantism
ˌhyperpiˈtuitary adj


(ˌhaɪ pər pɪˈtu ɪ təˌrɪz əm, -ˈtyu-)

1. overactivity of the pituitary gland.
2. a resultant condition, as gigantism or acromegaly.


an abnormal condition of the pituitary gland that speeds up secretory activity and the growth of the endocrine organs. — hyperpituitary, adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hyperpituitarism - excessive activity of the pituitary gland (especially overactivity of the anterior lobe which leads to excess secretion of growth hormone)
adenosis, gland disease, glandular disease, glandular disorder - a disorder of the glands of the body
giantism, gigantism, overgrowth - excessive size; usually caused by excessive secretion of growth hormone from the pituitary gland
acromegalia, acromegaly - enlargement of bones of hands and feet and face; often accompanied by headache and muscle pain and emotional disturbances; caused by overproduction of growth hormone by the anterior pituitary gland (due to a tumor)