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gi·gan·tism / jīˈgantizəm/ • n. chiefly Biol. unusual or abnormal largeness. ∎  Med. excessive growth due to hormonal imbalance. ∎  Bot. excessive size in plants due to polyploidy.

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gigantism (jy-gan-tizm) n. abnormal growth causing excessive height, most commonly due to oversecretion during childhood of growth hormone (somatotrophin) by the pituitary gland.

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gigantism See growth hormone.

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