gi·​gan·​tism | \ jī-ˈgan-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce gigantism (audio) , jə-; ˈjī-gən- \

Definition of gigantism

2 : development to abnormally large size
3 : excessive vegetative growth often accompanied by the inhibiting of reproduction

Examples of gigantism in a Sentence

the gigantism that is this newest ocean liner is impossible to describe
Recent Examples on the Web What Buñuel and a few others spotted was that for all its overweening gigantism, Guernica is essentially a piece of kitsch. John Banville, The New Republic, 16 Nov. 2021 Women tended to bear the brunt of this overblown spiritual gigantism—the source of the terrific feminist assault on him that began in the late 1960s—but men were just as vulnerable to attack. D.j. Taylor, WSJ, 6 Aug. 2021 In terms of both bankability and musculature, Dwayne Johnson has become inextricably linked in the public imagination with a certain gigantism. Chris Lee, Vulture, 30 July 2021 But these are tenuous, small first steps—at least relative to Amazon’s corporate gigantism, with 1.3 million workers worldwide. Luis Feliz Leon, The New Republic, 26 Mar. 2021 Tollis previously researched the genomes of whales as connected to gigantism and cancer resistance, but was not involved with The Royal Society study. Francesca Giuliani-hoffman, CNN, 5 Mar. 2021 The genre of tall tales—America’s naive gigantism—began with John Henry and Paul Bunyan. Lance Morrow, WSJ, 27 Oct. 2020 One explanation for gigantism in both land and aerial arthropods at that time was the absence of predators. Anna Diamond, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Mar. 2020 Hold the phone Smartphone gigantism has spawned plenty of PopSockets competitors. David Pierce, WSJ, 17 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of gigantism

circa 1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of gigantism was circa 1885

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“Gigantism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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gi·​gan·​tism | \ jī-ˈgan-ˌtiz-əm How to pronounce gigantism (audio) , jə-; ˈjī-gən- How to pronounce gigantism (audio) \

Medical Definition of gigantism

: development to abnormally large size from excessive growth of the long bones accompanied by muscular weakness and sexual impotence and usually caused by hyperpituitarism before normal ossification is complete

called also macrosomia

— compare acromegaly

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