Definition of Acromegalia

1. Noun. Enlargement of bones of hands and feet and face; often accompanied by headache and muscle pain and emotional disturbances; caused by overproduction of growth hormone by the anterior pituitary gland (due to a tumor).

Exact synonyms: Acromegaly
Terms within: Hyperpituitarism
Generic synonyms: Hypertrophy
Derivative terms: Acromegalic



Definition of Acromegalia

1. Noun. (disease) An alternative name for the disease acromegaly. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Medical Definition of Acromegalia

1. A condition that results from the excess production of growth hormone in the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland. Acromegaly is characterised by enlarged facial features, enlarged jaw, enlarged frontal bone of skull, widely spaced teeth and enlargement of the bones of the extremities. Other features include enlargement of the lips and nose, thickening of the soft tissues of the face, somnolence, moodiness and decreased libido. (13 Nov 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Acromegalia

acrokeratosis verruciformis
acrokinesia
acrokinesis
acrolect
acrolectal
acrolectally
acrolects
acroleic
acroleic acids
acrolein
acroleins
acroleukopathy
acrolith
acroliths
acrologic
acromegalia (current term)
acromegalic
acromegalic gigantism
acromegalics
acromegalies
acromegalogigantism
acromegaloidism
acromegaloidisms
acromegaly
acromelalgia
acromelic
acromelic dwarfism
acromesomelia
acrometagenesis
acromia

Literary usage of Acromegalia

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1. Nervous and Mental Diseases by Archibald Church, Frederick Peterson (1919)
"Giantism, infantilism, and acromegaly in a patient twenty-one years old, standing l .1 - nil- his older brother (M. Lemos). name acromegalia, which has now ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1889)
"Besides the general overgrowth of the extremities and of the bones of the face, which constitutes acromegalia, there may be sometimes an hypertrophy of ..."

3. Medical Diagnosis: With Special Reference to Practical Medicine; a Guide to by Jacob Mendes Da Costa (1900)
"acromegalia.—In this peculiar and uncommon affection, first described by Marie, enlargement of the hands and feet occurs, as well as of the head, ..."

4. Therapeutic Gazette (1899)
"The volume closes with quite a copious bibliography on such diseases as achondroplasia, acromegalia, ..."

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