hypertrophy

[hahy-pur-truh-fee]
noun, plural hy·per·tro·phies.
  1. abnormal enlargement of a part or organ; excessive growth.
  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
Related formshy·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

noun plural -phies
  1. enlargement of an organ or part resulting from an increase in the size of the cellsCompare atrophy, hyperplasia
verb -phies, -phying or -phied
  1. to undergo or cause to undergo this condition
Derived Formshypertrophic (ˌhaɪpəˈtrɒfɪk), adjective
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Word Origin and History for hypertrophy
n.

1821, from hyper- + Greek -trophe "nourishment" (see -trophy). Related: Hypertrophic.

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hypertrophy in Medicine

hypertrophy

[hī-pûrtrə-fē]
n.
  1. 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.
  1. To grow or cause to grow abnormally large.
Related formshy′per•trophic (-trōfĭk, -trŏfĭk) adj.
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