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[jahy-gan-tiz-uh m, ji-, jahy-gan-tiz-uh m] /dʒaɪˈgæn tɪz əm, dʒɪ-, ˈdʒaɪ gænˌtɪz əm/
noun, Pathology.
abnormally great development in size or stature of the whole body or of parts of the body, most often due to dysfunction of the pituitary gland.
Compare hypertrophy.
Origin of gigantism
1880-85; < Latin gigant- giant + -ism Unabridged
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/ˈdʒaɪɡænˌtɪzəm; dʒaɪˈɡæntɪzəm/
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
the state or quality of being gigantic
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Word Origin and History for gigantism

1854, from Latin gigant- (see gigantic) + -ism.

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gigantism in Medicine

gigantism gi·gan·tism (jī-gān'tĭz'əm)

  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.

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