Acromegaly definition

ăkrō-mĕgə-lē
A chronic disorder caused by overproduction of human growth hormone usually by the pituitary gland, characterized by enlargement of the bones of the extremities and the skull and often by the development of complications such as diabetes, hypertension, and osteoarthritis.
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A chronic disease of adults marked by enlargement of the bones of the extremities, face, and jaw that is caused by overactivity of the pituitary gland.
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A disease in which there is enlargement of the bones of the head, hands, and feet, resulting from an overproduction of growth hormone that is caused, usually, by a tumor in the pituitary.
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(pathology) A chronic disease marked by enlargement of the bones of the extremities, face, and jaw that is caused by over-activity of the pituitary gland.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
acromegaly
Plural:
acromegalies

Origin of acromegaly

  • French acromégalie Greek akron top, extremity (from) (neuter of akros extreme acro–) Greek megas megal- big meg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French acromégalie, from New Latin acromegalia, from Ancient Greek ἄκρον (akron, “tip, extremity”) and μέγας (megas, “large”). acro- +‎ -megaly

    From Wiktionary