acromegaly

Definition / meaning of acromegaly

A condition in which the pituitary gland makes too much growth hormone after normal growth of the skeleton is finished. This causes the bones of the hands, feet, head, and face to grow larger than normal. Acromegaly can be caused by a pituitary gland tumor.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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