[ hahy-pur-truh-fee ]

noun,plural hy·per·tro·phies.
  1. abnormal enlargement of a part or organ; excessive growth.: Compare gigantism (def. 1).

  2. excessive growth or accumulation of any kind.

verb (used with or without object),hy·per·tro·phied, hy·per·tro·phy·ing.
  1. to affect with or undergo hypertrophy.

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/, adjective

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How to use hypertrophy in a sentence

  • The florid brushwork of a Constable gets hypertrophied in Freud, into a kind of gross exaggeration of what unleashed paint can do.

  • Germany has shown us the effects of rationalism, some would say a morbid and hypertrophied reason.

    The Psychology of Nations | G.E. Partridge
  • The whole substance in man actually appears hypertrophied when compared with that of lower animals.

    Degeneracy | Eugene S. Talbot
  • The cells of this hypertrophied portion show a great tendency to proliferate and produce new nerve structure.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot | Harry Caulton Reeks
  • These hypertrophied portions are also removed, and every particle of the dust-like detritus cleaned away.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot | Harry Caulton Reeks

British Dictionary definitions for hypertrophy


/ (haɪˈpɜːtrəfɪ) /

nounplural -phies
  1. enlargement of an organ or part resulting from an increase in the size of the cells: Compare atrophy, hyperplasia

verb-phies, -phying or -phied
  1. to undergo or cause to undergo this condition

Derived forms of hypertrophy

  • hypertrophic (ˌhaɪpəˈtrɒfɪk), adjective

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