- Also a·tro·phi·a [uh-troh-fee-uh] /əˈtroʊ fi ə/. Pathology. a wasting away of the body or of an organ or part, as from defective nutrition or nerve damage.
- degeneration, decline, or decrease, as from disuse: He argued that there was a progressive atrophy of freedom and independence of thought.
- to affect with or undergo atrophy.
Origin of atrophy
Examples from the Web for atrophic
The liver may be undergoing the atrophic degeneration to a marked extent and yet remain large—larger even than normal.
The atrophic shrinking of the liver occurs more decidedly after the ninth day.
By the timely administration of one or more of these would it not be possible to stay the progress of the atrophic degeneration?
Her expression and appearance was that of a young person, only her atrophic breasts and the fat on her buttocks betraying her age.Benign Stupors
As the name indicates, the lesions are atrophic, but not all examples show this.
- a wasting away of an organ or part, or a failure to grow to normal size as the result of disease, faulty nutrition, etc
- any degeneration or diminution, esp through lack of use
- to waste away or cause to waste away
Word Origin and History for atrophic
"a wasting away through lack of nourishment," 1620s (atrophied is from 1590s), from French atrophie, from Late Latin atrophia, from Greek atrophia "a wasting away," noun of state from atrophos "ill-fed, un-nourished," from a- "not" + trophe "nourishment," from trephein "to fatten" (see -trophy).
1822 (implied in atrophied), from atrophy (n.). Related: Atrophying.
- A wasting or decrease in the size of an organ or tissue, as from death and reabsorption of cells, diminished cellular proliferation, pressure, ischemia, malnutrition, decreased function, or hormonal changes.atrophia
- To undergo atrophy.
- A wasting or decrease in the size of an organ or tissue, as from death and reabsorption of cells, diminished proliferation of cells, pressure, lack of oxygen, malnutrition, decreased function, or hormonal changes.