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.

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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