benign prostatic hypertrophy

Pronunciation: (beh-NINE prah-STA-tik hy-PER-troh-fee)

A benign (not cancer) condition in which an overgrowth of prostate tissue pushes against the urethra and the bladder, blocking the flow of urine. Also called benign prostatic hyperplasia and BPH.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Caption: Normal prostate and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). A normal prostate does not block the flow of urine from the bladder. An enlarged prostate presses on the bladder and urethra and blocks the flow of urine.

Date last modified: 2009-03-20