Definition of Gigantism

1. Noun. Excessive size; usually caused by excessive secretion of growth hormone from the pituitary gland.

Exact synonyms: Giantism, Overgrowth
Terms within: Hyperpituitarism
Generic synonyms: Hypertrophy

2. Noun. Excessive largeness of stature.
Exact synonyms: Giantism
Generic synonyms: Bigness, Largeness

Definition of Gigantism

1. Noun. The quality or state of being gigantic; being of abnormally large size. ¹

2. Noun. A condition where there is over-production of growth hormone by the pituitary gland in a child before the bone growth plates close, resulting in excessive long bone growth, accompanied by muscular weakness and sexual impotence. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Gigantism

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Medical Definition of Gigantism

1. A condition where there is over-production of growth hormone by the pituitary gland in a child before the bone growth plates close, resulting in excessive long bone growth. (27 Sep 1997)

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Literary usage of Gigantism

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1. The Ductless Glandular Diseases by Wilhelm Falta (1916)
"gigantism Historical.—It can be readily understood that gigantism usurped the interest of the laity and physician from early times. ..."

2. Practice of Medicine by Frederick Tice (1921)
"Nearly all of these cases come from families which have gigantism ... Pregnancy is much less liable to cause gigantism than to be productive of acromegaly. ..."

3. Diseases of the nervous system by Smith Ely Jelliffe, William Alanson White (1917)
"These conditions are closely related, showing overgrowth in the skeleton and particularly in the long bones in gigantism ; changes in the toes, ..."

4. The Pituitary Body and Its Disorders: Clinical States Produced by Disorders by Harvey Cushing (1912)
"Stationary acromegalic gigantism. Weight 247 pounds. Height 6 ft. ... causing gigantism with acromegalic aspects. Mendelian tendencies. ..."

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