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acromegaly

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noun ac·ro·meg·a·ly \ˌa-krō-ˈme-gə-lē\

Definition of acromegaly

  1. :  a disorder caused by excessive production of growth hormone by the pituitary gland and marked especially by progressive enlargement of hands, feet, and face

ac·ro·me·gal·icplay \-mə-ˈga-lik\ adjective or noun


Origin of acromegaly

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: 1889


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acromegaly

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noun ac·ro·meg·a·ly \ˌak-rō-ˈmeg-ə-lē\

Medical Definition of acromegaly

plural ac·ro·meg·a·lies

  1. :  a disorder that is caused by chronic overproduction of growth hormone by the pituitary gland and is characterized by a gradual and permanent enlargement of the flat bones (as the lower jaw) and of the hands and feet, abdominal organs, nose, lips, and tongue and that develops after ossification is complete—compare gigantism




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