American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A nontumorous enlargement of an organ or a tissue as a result of an increase in the size rather than the number of constituent cells: muscle hypertrophy.
- v. To grow or cause to grow abnormally large.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In pathology, an enlargement of a part of the body from excessive growth or multiplication of its elements; specifically, an enlargement due to growth of the individual elements, as distinguished from hyperplasia, where there is a multiplication of the cellular elements.
- n. Figuratively, excessive growth or accumulation of any kind.
- n. In botany, a general term for all cases of excessive growth and increased size in the organs of plants, whether the increase is general or in a single direction. It includes enlargements, or swollen and thickened conditions, which usually result from a disproportionate formation of the cellular tissue as contrasted with the woody framework of the plant, as in the rootstocks of the cultivated carrots, turnips, etc.; elongations, as of roots searching for water; and enation, or excessive development, consisting in the formation of supplementary lobes or excrescences from various organs.
- To become hypertrophous or enlarged from excessive nutrition.
- n. countable, medicine An increase in the size of an organ due to swelling of the individual cells
- n. uncountable, bodybuilding Increase in muscle size through increased size of individual muscle cells; a result of weightlifting, and other exercise. It differs from muscle hyperplasia, which is the formation of new muscle cells.
- v. intransitive, of a tissue or organ : To increase in size
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med. & Biol.) A condition of overgrowth or excessive development of an organ or part; -- the opposite of
- n. abnormal enlargement of a body part or organ
- v. undergo hypertrophy
- From hyper- + -trophy. (Wiktionary)
“The term hypertrophy may serve as a general one to comprise all the instances of excessive growth and increased size of organs, whether the increase be general or in one direction merely.”
“The process that allows the python's heart to expand is called hypertrophy.”
“We have what the anthropologist Pascal Boyer has called a hypertrophy of social cognition.”
“Diffuse symmetric scleroderma, or hide-bound disease, is quite rare, and presents itself in two phases: that of infiltration (more properly called hypertrophy) and atrophy, caused by shrinkage.”
“The first is a healthy tracing, and the second indicates enlargement, technically called hypertrophy, of the heart”
“In a paper in the current issue of Science , they report that a gorging python expands its heart by enlarging existing cells - a process called hypertrophy - and not by creating new ones.”
“In a paper in the current issue of Science, they report that a gorging python expands its heart by enlarging existing cells - a process called hypertrophy - and not by creating new ones.”
“The increase in volume of tissue (a phenomenon known as hypertrophy) is believed to be less prominent in ototoxically deafened cats due to the treatment.”
“In mice with RGS2, by contrast, the dangerous muscle expansion, known as hypertrophy, was delayed, growing only 30 percent, and no mice died.”
“In the mice with RGS2, the dangerous muscle expansion, known as hypertrophy, was delayed, growing by only 30\%, the researchers found, and none of those mice died.”
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