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
acromegalicplay \-mə-ˈga-lik\ adjective or noun
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Andre the Giant was diagnosed with acromegaly, a disorder marked by progressive enlargement of the head, face, hands, feet and chest, due to excessive secretion of growth hormones.
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Origin and Etymology of acromegaly
International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1886See Words from the same year
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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