Meaning of acromegaly in English:


Pronunciation /ˌakrə(ʊ)ˈmɛɡəli/


mass nounMedicine
  • Abnormal growth of the hands, feet, and face, caused by overproduction of growth hormone by the pituitary gland.

    ‘Each of these patients had diseases known to predispose to heterotopic calcification including scleroderma, acromegaly, and diabetes mellitus.’
    • ‘Octreotide also is given to decrease growth hormone secretion in acromegaly.’
    • ‘Other nonmalignant endocrine disorders with features of androgen excess include Cushing's syndrome, polycystic ovary syndrome, acromegaly and congenital adrenal hyperplasia.’
    • ‘Cushing recognized the states of hypopituitarism and hyperpituitarism, and he had a keen interest in acromegaly and dwarfism.’
    • ‘Metabolic disturbances like ostereoporosis, rickets etc., are covered together with endocrine afflictions like acromegaly and hyperparathyroidism.’


Late 19th century coined in French from Greek akron ‘tip, extremity’ + megas, megal- ‘great’.