hypertrophy

[ 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

1
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

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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