A chronic disorder caused by overproduction of human growth hormone usually by the pituitary gland, characterized by enlargement of the bones of the extremities and the skull and often by the development of complications such as diabetes, hypertension, and osteoarthritis.
[French acromégalie : Greek akron, top, extremity (from neuter of akros, extreme; see ACRO-) + Greek megas, megal-, big; see meg- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
ac′ro·me·galic (-mĭ-gălĭk) adj. & n.
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