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[splee-nuh-meg-uh-lee, splen-uh-]
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noun Pathology.
  1. enlargement of the spleen.
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Also sple·no·me·ga·li·a [splee-noh-muh-gey-lee-uh, -geyl-yuh, splen-oh-] /ˌspli noʊ məˈgeɪ li ə, -ˈgeɪl yə, ˌsplɛn oʊ-/.

Origin of splenomegaly

First recorded in 1895–1900; spleno- + -megaly
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British Dictionary definitions for splenomegaly


  1. pathol abnormal enlargement of the spleen
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Word Origin

C20: from Greek splēno-, from splēn spleen + megalo-, from megas large + -y ³
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Word Origin and History for splenomegaly


enlargement of the spleen, 1900, from spleno-, comb. form of Greek splen (see spleen) + megas "great" (fem. megale; see mickle).

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splenomegaly in Medicine


(splē′nō-mĕgə-lē, splĕn′ō-)
  1. Enlargement of the spleen.megalosplenia
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