Simple Definition of atrophy
medical : gradual loss of muscle or flesh usually because of disease or lack of use
Full Definition of atrophy
1 : 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
2 : a wasting away or progressive decline <was not a solitude of atrophy, of negation, but of perpetual flowering — Willa Cather>
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- + trephein to nourish
First Known Use: 1601
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