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- n. Pathologically excessive production of anterior pituitary hormones, especially growth hormones.
- n. The condition resulting from an excess of pituitary hormones, characterized by gigantism in children and acromegaly in adults.
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- n. The condition caused by excessive secretion of hormones by pituitary tumors
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- n. excessive activity of the pituitary gland (especially overactivity of the anterior lobe which leads to excess secretion of growth hormone)
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When the anterior lobe is implicated and there is a pathological increase in the functional activity of the gland (_hyperpituitarism_), signs of acromegaly may ensue.