Origin of hypertrophyModL: see hyper- and -trophy
transitive verb-·phied, -·phy·ing
intr. & tr.v.hy·per·tro·phied, hy·per·tro·phy·ing, hy·per·tro·phies
(countable and uncountable, plural hypertrophies)
- (countable, medicine) An increase in the size of an organ due to swelling of the individual cells
- (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.
(third-person singular simple present hypertrophies, present participle hypertrophying, simple past and past participle hypertrophied)
- (intransitive, of a tissue or organ): To increase in size
From hyper- + -trophy.