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[jahy-gan-tiz-uh m, ji-, jahy-gan-tiz-uh m] /dʒaɪˈgæn tɪz əm, dʒɪ-, ˈdʒaɪ gænˌtɪz əm/

noun, Pathology.
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.
/ˈdʒaɪɡænˌtɪzəm; dʒaɪˈɡæntɪzəm/
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)


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