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an increase in size; see also hypertrophy.
image enlargement an increase in the size of an x-ray image that is affected by the focal film distance as well as the object film distance.


(en-larj'ment), [TA]
1. An increase in size; an anatomic swelling or prominence.
2. An intumescence or swelling.
Synonym(s): intumescentia [TA], intumescence (1)


(en-lahrj'mĕnt) [TA]
1. An increase in size; an anatomic swelling or prominence.
2. An intumescence or swelling.
Synonym(s): intumescence (1) , intumescentia.


Term commonly used in low vision practice to refer to an increase in the size of the retinal image seen by the patient. It can be expressed as the enlargement ratio (ER). See lateral magnification; equivalent viewing power.


(en-lahrj'mĕnt) [TA]
An increase in size; anatomic swelling or prominence.

Patient discussion about enlargement

Q. is it possible to enlarge my penis?

A. sexual organs come in all sizes,if you were born with i small organ thats the way it is,it dont matter how big or small it is -it how you use it---mrfoot56

Q. Why does Aortic stenosis causes an enlarged heart? My father was recently diagnosed as suffering from enlarged heart due to his Aortic stenosis. what is the connection between those to conditions? As far as I understand that aortic stenosis mean that the aortic valve is too small not too large...

A. there are several explanations for the enlargement of the heart that occurs due to Aortic stenosis. the most reasonable is that the mechanical power that the heart uses makes it bigger. it easy to see it here: http://www.marvistavet.com/assets/images/aortic_stenosis.gif
this is called Left Ventricular Hypertrophy or LVH in abbreviations.
this is a classic LVH E.C.G.

Q. Can gastric problems cause your heart to be enlarged? I am eighteen and my left side of my heart and lung is enlarged. I have done multiple tests to understand why they are enlarged my tests revealed no information, I do not even have asthma. My doctor suggested that I just need to hydrate alot. I have gastric problems everytime I eat even if it is little. Does my gastric problems such a "bubbly feeling" in my stomach and heart burn is affecting my heart size?

A. HI--i am not a DR put because i worked in a hosp as a therapist--the digestive system an the circulatory system are not connected. I suggest to you to change your diet(the things you eat-like pizza an other spicie foods-thy to eat 4hrs before you lay down-eat smaller portions-some times common sence about what you eat will do the trick---good luck-mrfoot56.

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The enlargement process can't be credible unless Macedonia becomes part of the European Commission' strategy on the EU's enlargement," Osmani said.
This grading system has revolutionised recording and communication of parotid gland enlargement in the ENT, head and neck and HIV/AIDS clinics at Steve Biko Academic Hospital, Pretoria, South Africa.
Both member states and candidate countries got tired by the slowly proceeding enlargement process.
Following a survey of the relevant literature, this article first conducts an individual-level multivariate logistic regression analysis in Britain using Flash Eurobarometer Survey on EU Enlargement 132.
And the management of the enlargement process itself reflects these concerns.
Gingival enlargement, a globally accepted terminology for an increase in the size of the gingiva, is a general feature of gingival diseases.
As for Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), the Commission's 10 October communication on Enlargement strategy and main challenges 2012-2013' confirmed what Europolitics reported, on 9 October, from a leaked draft (see 4503): Serbia will only get a Commission recommendation to start accession negotiations once it has improved its bilateral ties with Kosovo; Montenegro has made continued progress on key reforms and sufficiently meets the political criteria, according to the Commission; and BiH has only made very little progress in meeting all the criteria set out by the EU.
Within 3 months of drug substitution followed by scaling patient showed remarkable improvement in gingival and periodontal health with no bleeding on probing and a decrease in the enlargement (Fig 2 A&B).
3,8,14,15,16,17 The degree of gingival enlargement in hereditary gingival fibromatosis can be graded as shown in the table above (Table 3).
Surprisingly, almost six years after the first round of Eastern enlargement, there hardly are any empirical studies that find 'negative' effects of enlargement (cf.
Further on in this section, I will try to place AC in the context of the current enlargement debates; before doing so, however, it is essential to examine the origins and current definitions of the AC by the institutions and politicians of the European Union in order to understand the real meaning of this term.
The Eastern Enlargement of the Eurozone Marek Dabrowski and Jacek Rostowski (eds), Springer: Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 2006, 232pp.