atrophied

adjective
at·​ro·​phied | \ ˈa-trə-fēd How to pronounce atrophied (audio) , -ˌfīd \

Definition of atrophied

1 : having wasted away or decreased in size (as from disease or disuse) Astronauts and test animals have returned to Earth with atrophied muscles …— Ivan Amato
2 : having progressively declined or weakened Growing responsibilities in the Balkans and Africa, coinciding with reserves in Angola and signs of trouble in Cambodia, may soon limit the organization's eagerness and ability to take on new challenges in atrophied states.— Ronald K. McMullen et al.

First Known Use of atrophied

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Atrophied.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/atrophied. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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