ac·​ro·​meg·​a·​ly | \ ˌa-krō-ˈme-gə-lē How to pronounce acromegaly (audio) \

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

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acromegalic \ ˌa-​krō-​mə-​ˈga-​lik How to pronounce acromegaly (audio) \ adjective or noun

Examples of acromegaly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But his face suggested yet another diagnosis: acromegaly. Lisa Sanders, New York Times, "The Patient Had Pain When He Walked, but There Was a More Telling Change," 27 June 2018 André had a prolific career in professional wrestling and came to be known for his size, caused by acromegaly, sometimes called gigantism, which made his limbs and organs grow too large. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "5 things we learned from HBO's 'Andre the Giant' documentary," 10 Apr. 2018 But in 2003, Wobig was diagnosed with acromegaly, a pituitary disorder that required surgery and radiation. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Carol Wobig's stories speak for Wisconsin women from small towns," 28 Feb. 2018 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. Dan Gelston, The Denver Post, "Andre The Giant set for big upcoming documentary on HBO," 13 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of acromegaly

1886, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acromegaly

borrowed from French acromégalie, from acro- acro- + -mégalie -megaly

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The first known use of acromegaly was in 1886

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“Acromegaly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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ac·​ro·​meg·​a·​ly | \ ˌak-rō-ˈmeg-ə-lē How to pronounce acromegaly (audio) \
plural acromegalies

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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