Noun Acromegaly Definition and Examples


Noun:

Acromegaly

Pronunciation:

/ˌakrə(ʊ)ˈmɛɡəli/

Definition:
1.

noun

Abnormal growth of the hands, feet, and face, caused by overproduction of growth hormone by the pituitary gland.
  1. 'Each of these patients had diseases known to predispose to heterotopic calcification including scleroderma, acromegaly, and diabetes mellitus.'
  2. 'Cushing recognized the states of hypopituitarism and hyperpituitarism, and he had a keen interest in acromegaly and dwarfism.'
((n.) Chronic enlargement of the extremities and face.)


noun, Pathology.

1. a chronic disease characterized by enlargement of the bones of the head, the soft parts of the feet and hands, and sometimes other structures, due to excessive secretion of growth hormone by the pituitary gland.

Origin:
Late 19th century: coined in French from Greek akron ‘tip, extremity’ + megas, megal- ‘great’.

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