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.

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  • 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.

Examples

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  • Evolutionary features typical of island faunas and floras, such as gigantism, dwarfism, and unusual ecological, physiological, and behavioral adaptations are also found in a range of species.

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  • Typical island adaptations, such as gigantism and dwarfism, occur in genera that are found elsewhere in Africa.

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  • "freaked out," because she didn't recognize Tanya. acromegaly, also known as gigantism, caused by a tumor in her brain that is pushing on her pituitary gland, causing it to produce an excess of growth hormone.

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  • Dr Kuntner explained that the widely accepted theory was that evolutionary pressure was causing female "gigantism", with the females increasing in size in order to produce larger numbers of offspring.

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  • Dr Kuntner explained that the widely accepted theory was that evolutionary pressure was causing female "gigantism", with the females increasing in size in order to produce larger numbers of offspring.

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  • The XIT was the largest cattle ranch in the world, and its size likely appealed to that pursuer of gigantism, Seton-Karr.

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