Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The quality or state of being gigantic; abnormally large size.
  • noun Excessive growth of the body or any of its parts, especially as a result of oversecretion of the growth hormone by the pituitary gland.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In biology, aberration from the normal standard by increase in size; monstrous stature.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The quality or state of being gigantic; being of abnormally large size.
  • noun A condition where there is over-production of growth hormone by the pituitary gland in a child before the bone growth plates close, resulting in excessive long bone growth, accompanied by muscular weakness and sexual impotence.

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  • noun excessive largeness of stature
  • noun excessive size; usually caused by excessive secretion of growth hormone from the pituitary gland

Etymologies

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From Latin gigans ("giant") and -ism; equivalent to giant +‎ -ism.

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