gynecomastia, gynecomasty

gynecomastia, gynecomasty
Excessive development of the male mammary glands, due mainly to ductal proliferation with periductal edema; frequently secondary to increased estrogen levels, but mild g. may occur in normal adolescence. [gyneco- + G. mastos, breast]
- refeeding g. temporary breast enlargement seen in male patients who have been starving, when nutritional repletion is occurring. It probably represents an imbalance in endocrine function, as some systems increase function before others; seen most notably when concentration camp inmates and Allied prisoners of war were freed at the end of World War II.

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  • gynecomastia — /jin i koh mas tee euh, guy ni , juy ni /, n. abnormal enlargement of the breast in a male. Also, gynecomasty /jin i keuh mas tee, guy ni , juy ni /. [1880 85; < NL; see GYNECO , MAST , IA] * * * Breast enlargement in a male. It usually involves… …   Universalium

  • gynecomasty — gy·ne·co·mas·ty (giґnə ) (jinґə ko mas″te) gynecomastia …   Medical dictionary

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