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Definition of the noun acromegaly

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noun - plural: acromegalies

  1. enlargement of bones of hands and feet and face; often accompanied by headache and muscle pain and emotional disturbances; caused by overproduction of growth hormone by the anterior pituitary gland (due to a tumor)
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of acromegaly: acromegalia
    • more generic word: hypertrophy = abnormal enlargement of a body part or organ
    • part: hyperpituitarism = excessive activity of the pituitary gland

Alternative definition of the noun acromegaly


  1. [disease] A chronic disease marked by enlargement of the bones of the extremities, face, and jaw that is caused by over-activity of the pituitary gland.

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Google previewThe Dublin Journal of Medical Science (1900)

Acromegaly is a well- defined disease, with perfectly sharply-marked characteristics. Gigantism is an anomaly of development, which, in itself, has nothing to do with disease, but may occur in connection with various illnesses, and certainly ...

Google previewSandostatin® in the Treatment of Acromegaly (2012)

Consensus Round Table, Amsterdam 1987 by Steven W.J. Lamberts

Occasionally acromegaly is a result of a gangliocytoma of the hypothalamus which secretes GHRH [2]. Neuronal tumors were described on one occasion as having grown down the pituitary stalk and having given rise to a pituitary tumor which ...

Google previewSataloff's Comprehensive Textbook of Otolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery (2015)

Pediatric Otolaryngology by Robert T Sataloff, Christopher J Hartnick

Acromegaly is a disease of chronic overproduction of GH. The consequences of GH...

Google previewEndocrinology (2010)

Adult and Pediatric by J. Larry Jameson, Leslie J. De Groot

Likelihood of Good Surgical Outcome Patients With a Poor Likelihood of Successful Surgical Outcome Follow-Up General Acromegaly is a disease of spectacular growth and metabolic disorders that has fascinated physicians for centuries.

Google previewContemporary Internal Medicine (2013)

Clinical Case Studies by Juan M. Bowen, Ernest L. Mazzaferri

Acromegaly is a disorder which results from the overproduction of growth hormone (GH) and growth...

Google previewPrimary Care (2012)

A Collaborative Practice by Terry Mahan Buttaro, JoAnn Trybulski, Patricia Polgar-Bailey, Joanne Sandberg-Cook

Acromegaly is a rare, chronic, and insidious disease that results from prolonged excessive secretion of growth hormone (GH). This is manifested as excessive bone and soft tissue growth. Untreated or partially treated patients with acromegaly ...

Google previewHormones, Brain and Behavior, Five-Volume Set (2002)

Clinical Implications Acromegaly is a syndrome caused by excessive circulating growth hormone, most often as a result of a growth hormone-secreting pituitary tumor. GHRHproducing tumors are nevertheless an important, if relatively ...

Google previewMedical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention – MICCAI 2006 (2006)

9th International Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark, October 1-6, 2006, Proceedings by Rasmus Larsen, Mads Nielsen, Jon Sporring

Acromegaly is a rare disorder which affects about 50 of every million people. The disease typically causes swelling of the hands, feet, and face, and eventually permanent changes to areas such as the jaw, brow ridge, and cheek bones.

Google previewDr. Evans "How to Keep Well (1917)

A Health Book for the Home" by William Augustus Evans

Acromegaly is a disease in which the bones grow to giant size as the result of overactivity of the pituitary body. Many of the museumi giants are acromegalics. Dock says: - “The sculptures of many French and Italian churches show interesting ...

Google previewTypes of Mental Defectives (1920)

by Martin W. Barr, Earle Francis Maloney

Acromegaly is a pathological condition due to hyperactivity of the pituitary body characterized by a marked enlargement of the entire frame. ILLUSTRATIVE CASES CASE A. — Cretinoid. M. B. (High-Grade) was 10 years old when photo was ...

Google previewFerri's Clinical Advisor 2015 (2014)

5 Books in 1 by Fred F. Ferri

Acromegaly is the disease state characterized by a pituitary adenoma that secretes growth hormone (GH). • A prolactinoma secretes prolactin (PRL). • Cushing's disease is a disease state of hypersecretion of adrenocorticotropic hormone ...

Google previewEndocrinology: Adult and Pediatric (2015)

by J. Larry Jameson, Leslie J. De Groot

Acromegaly is a disease of spectacular growth and metabolic disorders that has fascinated physicians for centuries. The natural history of the disorder, if left untreated, results in gross acral and facial disfigurement, musculoskeletal disability, ...

Google previewEssential Endocrinology (2013)

A Primer for Nonspecialists by C.R. Kannan

Confirmatory Tests The confirmatory test for establishing the diagnosis of acromegaly is the measurement of the level of somatomedin C in the circulation. Somatomedin C belongs to a family of peptides referred to as growth-promoting factors ...

Google previewAnimal Structure and Function (2016)

by CTI Reviews

Acromegaly is a syndrome that results when the anterior pituitary gland produces excess growth hormone (GH) after epiphyseal plate closure at puberty. A number of disorders may increase the pituitary's GH output, although most commonly it ...

Google previewTextbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine (2009)

by Stephen J. Ettinger, Edward C. Feldman

Acromegaly is an uncommon disease that causes concentric LV hypertrophy as a result of the direct stimulatory effect of growth hormone on the cardiomyocytes.69 Doppler blood pressure and thyroxine level must be measured in cats with LV ...

Google previewFerri's Clinical Advisor 2014 E-Book (2013)

5 Books in 1 by Fred F. Ferri

Acromegaly is the disease state characterized by a pituitary adenoma that secretes growth hormone (GH). • A prolactinoma secretes prolactin (PRL). • Cushing's disease is a disease state of hypersecretion of adrenocorticotropic hormone ...

Google previewModern Surgical Care (2006)

Physiologic Foundations and Clinical Applications by Thomas A. Miller

Acromegaly. Acromegaly is a rare, slowly evolving disease that results from excessive GH secretion. The most common cause is a GH-secreting pituitary adenoma, which sometimes cosecretes PRL or other hormones. It may rarely be due to ...

Google previewPituitary Cancer: New Insights for the Healthcare Professional: 2011 Edition (2012)


Acromegaly is a rare disease, usually caused by a growth hormone (GH)- producing pituitary adenoma. If untreated, severe cardiovascular, metabolic, cosmetic, and orthopedic disturbances will result,” scientists in Zurich, Switzerland report.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology (2012)

by Thomas H. Ollendick, Carolyn S. Schroeder

is referred to as acromegaly. Children with gigantism experience rapid linear growth and can reach a stature of eight feet tall or more by adulthood. Other clinical manifestations of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Molecular Mechanisms of Disease (2009)

With 213 Tables by Florian Lang

Acromegaly. SVEN SCHINNER1, STEFAN R. BORNSTEIN2 1Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Rheumatology, University Hospital Duesseldorf, Duesseldorf, Germany 2Medical Clinic III, University Hospital Dresden, Dresden, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Heart Diseases (2005)

by M. Gabriel Khan

ACROMEGALY. The anterior pituitary gland secretes at least seven polypeptide hormones. Two of these hormones are released by the hypothalamus: somatostatin-releasing hormone which stimulates growth hormone secretion and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Cancer (2011)

by Manfred Schwab

Definition The name “acromegaly” comes from the Greek words for “extremities” ( acro) and “great” (megaly), because one of the most common symptoms of this condition is abnormal growth of the hands and feet, a hormonal disorder that most ...

Google previewCampbell's Psychiatric Dictionary (2009)

by Robert Jean Campbell

Acromegaly occurs in adults after the epiphysial lines have closed; acidophilic adenomas arising prior to closure of the epiphysial lines in adolescence produce gigantism. Acromegaly consists of a localized increase in size of various ...

Google previewMosby's Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions - Australian & New Zealand Edition (2014)

by Peter Harris, Sue Nagy, Nicholas Vardaxis

acrocephaly acromegaly syndrome), acrocephalosyndactyly, type IV ( Waardenburg's syndrome) and acrocephalosyndactyly, type V (Pfeiffer type acrocephalosyndactyly, which is the same as Noack's syndrome). acrocephaly. See oxycephaly.

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Men's Health (2005)

by Glenn S. Rothfeld, Deborah S. Romaine

acromegaly 3 sebum. At adolescence, sebum becomes sticky and abundant, easily plugging the sebaceous gland and the hair follicle. This traps bacteria, causing a localized infection that erupts in an often painful bump, commonly called a ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Imaging (2008)

by Albert L. Baert

Several rare hereditary syndromes may also cause acromegaly: multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN1), McCune-Albright syndrome, Carney syndrome, and familial acromegaly. The rate of GH production and the aggressiveness of the pituitary ...

Google previewDictionary of Treatment (1892)

by Sir William Whitla

ACROMEGALY. No treatment is of the slightest avail in this rare and interesting deformity. The enormous growth of the hands and face proceeds steadily in the presence of large doses of iodides and the other drugs hitherto tried in vain.

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Stem Cell Research (2015)

by Eric E. Bouhassira

Acromegaly. Acromegaly is a syndrome in which there is an abnormality in the anterior pituitary gland, causing the release of large quantities of growth hormone. This results in ...

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