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Definition of "hypertrophy" []

  • A nontumorous enlargement of an organ or a tissue as a result of an increase in the size rather than the number of constituent cells: muscle hypertrophy. (noun)
  • To grow or cause to grow abnormally large. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "hypertrophy" in a sentence
  • "The term hypertrophy may serve as a general one to comprise all the instances of excessive growth and increased size of organs, whether the increase be general or in one direction merely."
  • "The process that allows the python's heart to expand is called hypertrophy."
  • "We have what the anthropologist Pascal Boyer has called a hypertrophy of social cognition."