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thickening of the walls of a hollow organ, such as the urinary bladder, when outflow is obstructed.
Etymology: L, adaptatio, process of adapting; Gk, hyper, excessive, trophe, nourishment
a reactive increase in the amount of tissue that compensates for a loss of the same or similar tissue so that function is not impaired.
a·dap·tive hy·per·tro·phy(ă-dap'tiv hī-pĕr'trō-fē)
Thickening of the walls of a hollow organ (e.g., urinary bladder) when there is obstruction to outflow.
Hypertrophy in which an organ increases in size to meet increased functional demands, as of the heart in valvular disorders.
See also: hypertrophy