pseudo acromegaly

acromegaly

[ak-ruh-meg-uh-lee]
noun Pathology.
a chronic disease characterized by enlargement of the bones of the head, the soft parts of the feet and hands, and sometimes other structures, due to excessive secretion of growth hormone by the pituitary gland.

Origin:
1885–90; < French acromégalie < Neo-Latin acromegalia. See acro-, -megaly

acromegalic [ak-roh-muh-gal-ik] , adjective
pseudoacromegaly, noun
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acromegaly (ˌækrəʊˈmɛɡəlɪ)
 
n
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 acro- + Greek megal-, stem of megas big]
 
acromegalic
 
adj, —n

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acromegaly
1889, from Fr. acromégalie, from medical L. acromegalia, from Gk. akron "extremity" (see acrid) + megas "great" (fem. megale; see mickle).
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acromegaly ac·ro·meg·a·ly (āk'rō-měg'ə-lē)
n.
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.

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