pseudohypertrophy

Increase in size of an organ or a part, due not to increase in size or number of the specific functional elements but to that of some other tissue, fatty or fibrous. SYN: false hypertrophy.

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n.
increase in the size of an organ or structure caused by excessive growth of cells that have a packing or supporting role but do not contribute directly to its functioning. The result is usually a decline in the efficiency of the organ although it becomes larger.

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pseu·do·hy·per·tro·phy (soo″do-hi-purґtrə-fe) false hypertrophy; increase of size without true hypertrophy. pseudohypertrophic adj

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