What does Hypertrophy mean?

Definitions for Hypertrophyhaɪˈpɜr trə fi

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hypertrophy(verb)

    abnormal enlargement of a body part or organ

  2. hypertrophy(verb)

    undergo hypertrophy

    "muscles can hypertrophy when people take steroids"


  1. hypertrophy(Noun)

    An increase in the size of an organ due to swelling of the individual cells

  2. hypertrophy(Noun)

    Increase in muscle size through increased size of individual muscle cells; a result of weightlifting, and other exercise. It differs from muscle hyperplasia, which is the formation of new muscle cells.

  3. hypertrophy(Verb)

    : To increase in size

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hypertrophy(noun)

    a condition of overgrowth or excessive development of an organ or part; -- the opposite of atrophy

  2. Origin: [Gr. "ype`r over, beyond + nourishment, fr. to nourish: cf. F. hypertrophie.]


  1. Hypertrophy

    Hypertrophy is the increase in the volume of an organ or tissue due to the enlargement of its component cells. It should be distinguished from hyperplasia, in which the cells remain approximately the same size but increase in number. Although hypertrophy and hyperplasia are two distinct processes, they frequently occur together, such as in the case of the hormonally-induced proliferation and enlargement of the cells of the uterus during pregnancy.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hypertrophy

    hī-per′tro-fi, n. over-nourishment: the state of an organ or part of the body when it grows too large from over-nourishment.—adjs. Hypertroph′ic, -al, Hyper′trophied, Hyper′trophous. [Gr. hyper, above, trophē, nourishment.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Hypertrophy

    General increase in bulk of a part or organ due to CELL ENLARGEMENT and accumulation of FLUIDS AND SECRETIONS, not due to tumor formation, nor to an increase in the number of cells (HYPERPLASIA).


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Hypertrophy in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Hypertrophy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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