* * *gigantism due to excessive pituitary secretion of growth hormone, occurring before puberty and before the epiphyses close; it is most often caused by eosinophilic cell hyperplasia or an eosinophilic adenoma, but sometimes results from a chromophobe adenoma. Called also hyperpituitary g. and Launois syndrome.
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gigantism — /juy gan tiz euhm, ji , juy gan tiz euhm/, n. Pathol. abnormally great development in size or stature of the whole body or of parts of the body, most often due to dysfunction of the pituitary gland. Cf. hypertrophy. [1880 85; < L gigant GIANT +… … Universalium
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