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acromegaly

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

Definition of ACROMEGALY

:  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·ic \-mə-ˈga-lik\ adjective or noun

Origin of ACROMEGALY

International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1889

acromegaly

noun ac·ro·meg·a·ly \ˌak-rō-ˈmeg-ə-lē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural ac·ro·meg·a·lies

Medical Definition of ACROMEGALY

:  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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