acromegaly is characterised by abnormal growth, chiefly in the bones of the head, face, and extremities.
In this case also the resulting ductless gland is still of functional importance, for disease of it is associated with acromegaly.
Not rarely does it happen that acromegaly attacks the side most deficient in nerve supply.
Indeed, as Marie has said, giantism is acromegaly occurring during the period of adolescence.
Hypertrophy of the gland is directly associated with certain diseases, such as giantism and acromegaly.
"gigantism due to activity of pituitary after normal growth has ceased," 1886, from French acromégalie, from medical Latin acromegalia, from Greek akron "extremity" (see acrid) + megas "great" (fem. megale; see mickle). Said in contemporary literature to have been coined 1885 by French physician Dr. Pierre Marie.
acromegaly ac·ro·meg·a·ly (āk'rō-měg'ə-lē)
A disorder marked by progressive enlargement of the head, face, hands, feet, and chest due to excessive secretion of growth hormone by the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland. Also called Marie's disease.