at·​ro·​phied ˈa-trə-fēd How to pronounce atrophied (audio)
: 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
: 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.

Examples of atrophied in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My cognitive dissonance only grew, and the gap between my thoughts and actions became a profoundly uncomfortable sort of chasm; my body knotted and atrophied and held all of my unconscious stress. Jordan Castro, Harper's Magazine, 9 Jan. 2024 When royal patronage was sharply constricted by the same generation of Britons that had lost America, the throne’s influence atrophied, and the aristocracy essentially consolidated complete control for half a century. Daniel Foster, National Review, 30 Nov. 2023 Wrong Testicle Removed In 2006, Benjamin Houghton sought treatment at a VA Hospital for a testicle that was atrophied and painful. Discover Magazine, 28 Nov. 2023 The atrophied muscles resembled those normally seen in older mice. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 The country’s roads, bridges, rail networks and air-traffic system have all atrophied — hence the lengthening of travel times. David Leonhardt, New York Times, 17 Oct. 2023 The hospital's attorney, Howard Hunter, said doctors did their best to treat a difficult case in which a child appeared to be in extreme pain and her leg muscles atrophied after a months in a wheelchair. David K. Li, NBC News, 22 Sep. 2023 Those channels badly atrophied following the fallout over a Chinese surveillance balloon that flew across the United States early this year. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, 28 Aug. 2023 Has your ability to put together a look atrophied in this record-setting summer heat? Alison S. Cohn, Harper's BAZAAR, 20 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of atrophied was in 1597

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“Atrophied.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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