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gigantism

[jahy-gan-tiz-uh m, ji-, jahy-gan-tiz-uh m]
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noun Pathology.
  1. 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.
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Compare hypertrophy.

Origin of gigantism

1880–85; < Latin gigant- giant + -ism
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Related Words for gigantism

bigness, enormity, vastness, massiveness, largeness, magnitude, greatness, enormousness, gigantism, bulkiness, hugeness, monstrousness

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British Dictionary definitions for gigantism

gigantism

noun
  1. 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
  2. the state or quality of being gigantic
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Word Origin and History for gigantism

n.

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

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gigantism in Medicine

gigantism

(jī-găntĭz′əm)
n.
  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.giantism
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