[jahy-gan-tiz-uh m, ji-, jahy-gan-tiz-uh m]
- 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.
Origin of gigantism
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- Also called: giantism excessive growth of the entire body, caused by over-production of growth hormone by the pituitary gland during childhood or adolescenceCompare acromegaly
- the state or quality of being gigantic
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Word Origin and History for gigantism
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- The quality or state of being gigantic; abnormally large size.
- Excessive growth of the body or any of its parts, especially as a result of oversecretion of the growth hormone by the pituitary gland.giantism
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