Definition of Hypertrophy

1. Noun. Abnormal enlargement of a body part or organ.

2. Verb. Undergo hypertrophy. "Did his feet hypertrophy?"; "Muscles can hypertrophy when people take steroids"
Generic synonyms: Grow

Definition of Hypertrophy

1. n. A condition of overgrowth or excessive development of an organ or part; -- the opposite of atrophy.

Definition of Hypertrophy

1. Noun. (context: countable medicine) An increase in the size of an organ due to swelling of the individual cells ¹

2. Noun. (context: uncountable bodybuilding) Increase in muscle size through increased size of individual muscle cells; a result of weightlifting, and other exercise. It differs from muscle hyperplasia, which is the formation of new muscle cells. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive of a tissue or organ): To increase in size ¹

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Medical Definition of Hypertrophy

1. The enlargement or overgrowth of an organ or part due to an increase in size of its constituent cells. Compare: hyperplasia. Origin: Gr. Troph = nutrition This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hypertrophy

hypertrophic cervical pachymeningitis
hypertrophic dystrophy
hypertrophic gastritis
hypertrophic interstitial neuropathy
hypertrophic pulmonary osteoarthropathy
hypertrophic pyloric stenosis
hypertrophic rhinitis
hypertrophic rosacea
hypertrophic scar
hypertrophied lenticels
hypertrophy (current term)
hyperuracil thyminuria

Literary usage of Hypertrophy

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1. The Principles and Practice of Medicine: Designed for the Use of by William Osler, Thomas McCrae (1916)
"hypertrophy Varieties.—The heart enlarges to meet a demand for extra work, either general, as in the continuous strain of athletics (the hypertrophy of ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1899)
"These excessive dimensions were due to a uniform hypertrophy of both ventricles ... The only feature that distinguished this foetal hypertrophy from the cor ..."

3. A Treatise on the practice of medicine for the use of students and by Roberts Bartholow (1890)
"hypertrophy AND DILATATION OP THE HEART. Definition.—By hypertrophy of the heart is meant an increase of size of the organ, because of an addition to its ..."

4. Regeneration by Thomas Hunt Morgan (1901)
"far toward disproving the view that the power of regeneration has a connection with the liability of a part to injury. hypertrophy The hypertrophy ..."

5. Special pathology and therapeutics of the diseases of domestic animals v. 2 by Ferenc Hutyra (1912)
"Senator sees the cause of nephritic hypertrophy, which usually ... The secondary hypertrophy of the heart which occurs in connection with chronic diseases ..."

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