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hypertrophy

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noun hy·per·tro·phy \hī-ˈpər-trə-fē\

Definition of hypertrophy

plural

hypertrophies

  1. 1 :  excessive development of an organ or part; specifically :  increase in bulk (as by thickening of muscle fibers) without multiplication of parts

  2. 2 :  exaggerated growth or complexity

hypertrophic

play \ˌhī-pər-ˈtrō-fik\ adjective

Did You Know?

When the prefix hyper-, "above, beyond", is joined to -trophy, we get the opposite of atrophy. An organ or part becomes hypertrophic when it grows so extremely that its function is affected. Muscle hypertrophy is common in men who do strength training, and is often harmless; but extreme muscle hypertrophy generally involves taking steroids, which can do great damage to the body. Hypertrophy of the heart sounds as if it might be healthy, but instead it's usually a bad sign. As the example sentence shows, hypertrophy, like atrophy, can be used in nonmedical ways as well.

Origin and Etymology of hypertrophy

probably from New Latin hypertrophia, from hyper- + -trophia -trophy


First Known Use: 1834


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hypertrophy

verb hy·per·tro·phy

Definition of hypertrophy

hypertrophied

hypertrophying

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to undergo hypertrophy

1883

First Known Use of hypertrophy

1883


Medical Dictionary

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hypertrophy

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noun hy·per·tro·phy \hī-ˈpər-trə-fē\

Medical Definition of hypertrophy

plural

hypertrophies

  1. :  excessive development of an organ or part; specifically :  increase in bulk (as by thickening of muscle fibers) without multiplication of parts <ventricular hypertrophy>


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hypertrophy

intransitive verb hy·per·tro·phy

Medical Definition of hypertrophy

hypertrophied

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hypertrophying

  1. :  to undergo hypertrophy


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