acromegaly

noun ac·ro·meg·a·ly \ ˌa-krō-ˈme-gə-lē \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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

acromegalic

play \-mə-ˈga-lik\ adjective or noun

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Origin and Etymology of acromegaly

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


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acromegaly

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

medical Definition of acromegaly

plural acromegalies
: 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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