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atrophy

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noun at·ro·phy \ˈa-trə-fē\

Simple Definition of atrophy

  • medical : gradual loss of muscle or flesh usually because of disease or lack of use

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of atrophy

plural

atrophies

  1. 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. 2 :  a wasting away or progressive decline <was not a solitude of atrophy, of negation, but of perpetual flowering — Willa Cather>

atrophic

play \(ˌ)ā-ˈtrō-fik\ adjective

atrophy

play \ˈa-trə-fē, -ˌfī\ verb

Examples of atrophy in a sentence

  1. The doctor is concerned about possible atrophy of the shoulder muscles.



Origin and Etymology of atrophy

Late Latin atrophia, from Greek, from atrophos ill fed, from a- + trephein to nourish


First Known Use: 1601


Medical Dictionary

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atrophy

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noun at·ro·phy \ˈa-trə-fē\

Medical Definition of atrophy

plural

atrophies

  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




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atrophy

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verb at·ro·phy \ˈa-trə-fē, -ˌfī\

Medical Definition of atrophy

atrophied

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atrophying

  1. intransitive verb

  2. :  to undergo atrophy <the inactive muscles atrophied>

  3. transitive verb

  4. :  to cause to undergo atrophy <disuse atrophied the arm>





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