hypertrophy


1hy·per·tro·phy

noun \hī-ˈpər-trə-fē\
plural hy·per·tro·phies

Definition of HYPERTROPHY

1
:  excessive development of an organ or part; specifically :  increase in bulk (as by thickening of muscle fibers) without multiplication of parts
2
:  exaggerated growth or complexity
hy·per·tro·phic \ˌhī-pər-ˈtrō-fik\ adjective

Origin of HYPERTROPHY

probably from New Latin hypertrophia, from hyper- + -trophia -trophy
First Known Use: 1834

Other Medicine Terms

analgesia, angina, diabetes, hepatitis, homeopathy, logorrhea, palliate, pandemic

2hypertrophy

verb
hypertrophiedhypertrophy·ing

Definition of HYPERTROPHY

intransitive verb
:  to undergo hypertrophy

First Known Use of HYPERTROPHY

1883

Other Medicine Terms

analgesia, angina, diabetes, hepatitis, homeopathy, logorrhea, palliate, pandemic

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