: decrease in size or wasting away of a body part or tissue; also : arrested development or loss of a part or organ incidental to the normal development or life of an animal or plant
Examples of ATROPHY
- The doctor is concerned about possible atrophy of the shoulder muscles.
Origin of ATROPHY
Late Latin atrophia,
from Greek, from atrophos
ill fed, from a-
First Known Use: 1601
atrophy noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Decrease from previous normal size of the body or a part, cell, organ, or tissue. An organ or body part's cells may be reduced in number, size or both. Atrophy of some cells and organs is normal at certain points in the life cycle. Other causes include malnutrition, disease, disuse, injury, and hormone over- or underproduction.
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