For instance if the pituitary gland over-functioned we had giantism.
Most cases of giantism, combined as they are with imperfect mentality, are due to disease of this gland.
Indeed, as Marie has said, giantism is acromegaly occurring during the period of adolescence.
The phenomenon of giantism of this nature occurs in alternate generations and then only in rare instances.
Hypertrophy of the gland is directly associated with certain diseases, such as giantism and acromegaly.
giantism gi·ant·ism (jī'ən-tĭz'əm)
The quality or condition of being great in size.