hypertrophy

[ hahy-pur-truh-fee ]
/ haɪˈpɜr trə fi /

noun, plural hy·per·tro·phies.

abnormal enlargement of a part or organ; excessive growth.Compare gigantism (def. 1).
excessive growth or accumulation of any kind.

verb (used with or without object), hy·per·tro·phied, hy·per·tro·phy·ing.

to affect with or undergo hypertrophy.

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Origin of hypertrophy

First recorded in 1825–35; hyper- + -trophy

OTHER WORDS FROM hypertrophy

hy·per·troph·ic [hahy-per-trof-ik, -troh-fik], /ˌhaɪ pərˈtrɒf ɪk, -ˈtroʊ fɪk/, adjectivepseu·do·hy·per·troph·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hypertrophy

hypertrophy
/ (haɪˈpɜːtrəfɪ) /

noun plural -phies

enlargement of an organ or part resulting from an increase in the size of the cellsCompare atrophy, hyperplasia

verb -phies, -phying or -phied

to undergo or cause to undergo this condition

Derived forms of hypertrophy

hypertrophic (ˌhaɪpəˈtrɒfɪk), adjective
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Medical definitions for hypertrophy

hypertrophy
[ hī-pûrtrə-fē ]

n.

A nontumorous enlargement of an organ or a tissue as a result of an increase in the size rather than the number of constituent cells.

v.

To grow or cause to grow abnormally large.

Other words from hypertrophy

hy′per•trophic (-trōfĭk, -trŏfĭk) adj.
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