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giantism

[jahy-uh n-tiz-uh m]
noun
  1. Pathology. gigantism.
  2. the state or quality of being a giant.
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Origin of giantism

First recorded in 1630–40; giant + -ism
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Examples from the Web for giantism

Historical Examples of giantism

  • For instance if the pituitary gland over-functioned we had Giantism.

    The Goat-gland Transplantation

    Sydney B. Flower

  • 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

giantism

noun
  1. another term for gigantism
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giantism in Medicine

giantism

(jīən-tĭz′əm)
n.
  1. The quality or condition of being great in size.
  2. gigantism
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