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physiologic hypertrophy

physiologic hypertrophy in Medicine

physiologic hypertrophy n.
A temporary increase in size of an organ or part to provide for a natural increase of function such as occurs in the walls of the uterus and in the mammary glands during pregnancy. Also called functional hypertrophy.

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