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giantism

  1. n. excessive size; usually caused by excessive secretion of growth hormone from the pituitary gland [syn: gigantism, overgrowth]

  2. excessive largeness of stature [syn: gigantism]

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giantism

n. (synonym of gigantism English)

Usage examples of "giantism".

Giantism in beetle larvae is an extended phenotypic effect of protozoan genes.

Giantism in insects and their close kin, arachnids, had become a common in postwar America.

As with the mutates, no one knew whether it was a consequence of protracted exposure to enhanced radiation levels, or a genetic imbalance triggered by one of the chemicals employed during the Big Blast, but cases of giantism occurred regularly.

When people witnessed his implausible wrist-dribble or his zero-gravity double-pump fadeaway jumper off a pick at the high post (a shot that often concluded with the metal-gripping drollery of backspin and dead-rimming), they knew they weren't seeing just another demonstration of giantism engaged in a parody of faunlike grace.