: decrease in size or wasting away of a body part or tissue ;
: arrested development or loss of a part or organ incidental to the normal development or life of an animal or plant
: a wasting away or progressive decline
- It was not a solitude of atrophy, of negation, but of perpetual flowering.
- —Willa Cather
- an atrophy of imagination
muscles atrophying from lack of use
Communion with nature strengthens both body and soul; isolation from nature causes both to atrophy.