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Meaning of elephantiasis

el•e•phan•ti•a•sis

Pronunciation: (el"u-fun-tī'u-sis, -fan-), [key]
— n.
  1. a chronic filarial disease resulting in lymphatic obstruction, characterized by marked enlargement of the parts affected, esp. of the legs and scrotum, transmitted by mosquitoes.
  2. untoward growth or development: bureaucratic elephantiasis.
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