acromegaly









acromegaly


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.

noun

  1. a chronic disease characterized by enlargement of the bones of the head, hands, and feet, and swelling and enlargement of soft tissue, esp the tongue. It is caused by excessive secretion of growth hormone by the pituitary glandCompare gigantism
n.

“gigantism due to activity of pituitary after normal growth has ceased,” 1886, from French acromégalie, from medical Latin acromegalia, from Greek akron “extremity” (see acrid) + megas “great” (fem. megale; see mickle). Said in contemporary literature to have been coined 1885 by French physician Dr. Pierre Marie.

n.

  1. A disorder marked by progressive enlargement of the head, face, hands, feet, and chest due to excessive secretion of growth hormone by the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland.Marie’s disease

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