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[jahy-uh n-tiz-uh m] /ˈdʒaɪ ənˌtɪz əm/
Pathology. gigantism.
the state or quality of being a giant.
Origin of giantism
First recorded in 1630-40; giant + -ism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for giantism
Historical Examples
  • For instance if the pituitary gland over-functioned we had giantism.

  • Most cases of giantism, combined as they are with imperfect mentality, are due to disease of this gland.

    Disease and Its Causes

    William Thomas Councilman
  • The phenomenon of giantism of this nature occurs in alternate generations and then only in rare instances.

  • Hypertrophy of the gland is directly associated with certain diseases, such as giantism and acromegaly.

    The Mystery of Space Robert T. Browne
  • Indeed, as Marie has said, giantism is acromegaly occurring during the period of adolescence.

    Degeneracy Eugene S. Talbot
British Dictionary definitions for giantism


another term for gigantism
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giantism in Medicine

giantism gi·ant·ism (jī'ən-tĭz'əm)

  1. The quality or condition of being great in size.

  2. See gigantism.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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