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acromegaly

Pronunciation: ak′rō-meg′ă-lē

Definition: A disorder marked by progressive enlargement of peripheral parts of the body, especially the head, face, hands, and feet, resulting from excessive secretion of somatotropin; organomegaly and metabolic disorders occur; diabetes mellitus may develop.

Synonym(s): acromegalia

[acro- + G. megas, large]

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