[ 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

Words Nearby hypertrophy

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How to use hypertrophy in a sentence

  • Eczema verrucosum presents similar conditions, but, in addition, displays a tendency to papillary or wart-like hypertrophy.

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin | Henry Weightman Stelwagon

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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