|Compare gigantism a chronic disease characterized by enlargement of the bones of the head, hands, and feet, and swelling and enlargement of soft tissue, esp the tongue. It is caused by excessive secretion of growth hormone by the pituitary gland|
|[C19: from French acromégalie, from |
acromegaly ac·ro·meg·a·ly (āk'rō-měg'ə-lē)
A disorder marked by progressive enlargement of the head, face, hands, feet, and chest due to excessive secretion of growth hormone by the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland. Also called Marie's disease.