What does the word hypertrophy mean?

Usage examples for hypertrophy

  1. These conditions, eminently favourable to the growth of arts and the pursuit of science, were no less conducive to the hypertrophy of passions, and to the full development of ferocious and inhuman personalities. – Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Vol III. by John Symonds
  2. A considerable obstacle to the circulation offered by some important structure in a diseased or disordered state, throwing more strain upon the heart, causes hypertrophy of its muscular walls; and this change which is, so far as concerns the primary evil, a remedial one, often entails mischiefs in other organs. – Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I by Herbert Spencer

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