dys·​tro·​phic | \ dis-ˈtrō-fik How to pronounce dystrophic (audio) \

Definition of dystrophic

1a : 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 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

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First Known Use of dystrophic

1893, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for dystrophic

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

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“Dystrophic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dystrophic. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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dys·​tro·​phic | \ dis-ˈtrō-fik How to pronounce dystrophic (audio) \

Medical Definition of dystrophic

1 : relating to or caused by faulty nutrition
2 : relating to or affected with a dystrophy dystrophic muscles
3a : occurring at sites of damaged or necrotic tissue dystrophic calcification … may occur despite normal serum calcium levels— Raymond Chan et al.
b : characterized by disordered growth fungal infection may be the cause of thickened dystrophic nails


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