dystrophic

adjective

dys·​tro·​phic dis-ˈtrō-fik How to pronounce dystrophic (audio)
1
a
: relating to or caused by faulty nutrition
b
: relating to or affected with a dystrophy
a dystrophic patient
2
of a lake : brownish with much dissolved humic matter, a sparse bottom fauna, and a high oxygen consumption

Examples of dystrophic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Carvajal, 14, has a rare genetic condition called dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 27 July 2023 The teen was born with dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa, a rare genetic condition that causes blisters all over his body and in his eyes. Laura Ungar and Freida Frisaro, Chicago Tribune, 24 July 2023 The therapy, known as Vyjuvek and made by Krystal Biotech, will soon be available for patients with dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa, a genetic disease that causes painful blisters and persistent wounds. Andrew Joseph, STAT, 19 May 2023 Beall has an exceptionally rare form of EB, called dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa, which affects the dermis, or the inner layer of skin. Lizzie Hyman, Peoplemag, 4 Jan. 2023 There are four major types of EB — EB simplex (EBS), junctional EB (JEB), dystrophic EB (DEB), and Kindler syndrome. Megan Woodward, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 26 Oct. 2020 Another quest focuses on dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (DEB), genetic conditions that cause fragile skin, widespread blistering, vision loss, disfigurement and other serious medical problems. Julie Washington, cleveland.com, 1 Nov. 2017 Speaking of ‘the dystrophic child’s plight,’ or calling disability a ‘ Travis M. Andrews, sacbee, 21 Aug. 2017 See More

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Word History

Etymology

dystrophy + -ic entry 1; in sense 2 after German dystroph

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of dystrophic was in 1893

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Cite this Entry

“Dystrophic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dystrophic. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition

dystrophic

adjective
dys·​tro·​phic dis-ˈtrō-fik How to pronounce dystrophic (audio)
1
: relating to or caused by faulty nutrition
2
: relating to or affected with a dystrophy
dystrophic muscles
3
a
: occurring at sites of damaged or necrotic tissue
dystrophic calcification … may occur despite normal serum calcium levelsRaymond Chan et al.
b
: characterized by disordered growth
fungal infection may be the cause of thickened dystrophic nails
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