[jahy-gan-tiz-uh m, ji-, jahy-gan-tiz-uh m] /dʒaɪˈgæn tɪz əm, dʒɪ-, ˈdʒaɪ gænˌtɪz əm/
abnormally great development in size or stature of the whole body or of parts of the body, most often due to dysfunction of the pituitary gland.
Also called giantism. excessive growth of the entire body, caused by over-production of growth hormone by the pituitary gland during childhood or adolescence Compare acromegaly
the state or quality of being gigantic
1854, from Latin gigant- (see gigantic) + -ism.
gigantism gi·gan·tism (jī-gān’tĭz’əm)
[jahy-gan-tik, ji-] /dʒaɪˈgæn tɪk, dʒɪ-/ adjective 1. very large; huge: a gigantic statue. 2. of, like, or befitting a . /dʒaɪˈɡæntɪk/ adjective 1. very large; enormous: a gigantic error 2. Also gigantesque (ˌdʒaɪɡænˈtɛsk). of or suitable for giants adj. 1610s, “pertaining to giants,” from Latin gigant- stem of gigantem, from gigas “giant” (see giant) + […]
giganto- or gigant- pref. Huge: gigantomastia.
/ˌdʒaɪɡænˈtɒməkɪ/ noun (pl) -chies, -chias 1. (Greek myth) the war fought between the gods of Olympus and the rebelling giants See giant (sense 3) 2. any battle fought between or as if between giants
gigantomastia gi·gan·to·mas·ti·a (jī-gān’tō-mās’tē-ə) n. Extreme hypertrophy of the breast.