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noun, plural hy·per·tro·phies.
- abnormal enlargement of a part or organ; excessive growth.
- excessive growth or accumulation of any kind.
verb (used with or without object), hy·per·tro·phied, hy·per·tro·phy·ing.Related formshy·per·troph·ic [hahy-per-trof-ik, -troh-fik] /ˌhaɪ pərˈtrɒf ɪk, -ˈtroʊ fɪk/, adjectivepseu·do·hy·per·troph·ic, adjective
- to affect with or undergo hypertrophy.
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British Dictionary definitions for hypertrophying
- enlargement of an organ or part resulting from an increase in the size of the cellsCompare atrophy, hyperplasia
verb -phies, -phying or -phiedDerived Formshypertrophic (ˌhaɪpəˈtrɒfɪk), adjective
- to undergo or cause to undergo this condition
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Word Origin and History for hypertrophying
1821, from hyper- + Greek -trophe "nourishment" (see -trophy). Related: Hypertrophic.
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hypertrophying in Medicine
- 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.
Related formshy′per•tro′phic (-trō′fĭk, -trŏf′ĭk) adj.
- To grow or cause to grow abnormally large.
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