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
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.