It is more developed in Scyllium than in Raja, but atrophies early in both genera.
Whichever faculty you use, the other atrophies, and partly deserts you.
Even when absorbed into the tissues in minute doses it corrodes the brain and atrophies the intellect.
Many of these atrophies from disuse are cured by mental influence of one kind or another.
If it yields to their narcotic charms, the best brain grows rusty and atrophies in the long run.
In Torpedo embryos the head-cavity is much smaller, and atrophies earlier than in the embryos of Pristiurus and Scyllium.
This atrophies if the main mass is removed, and the fossa of Rosenmller can be cleared out with the forefinger.
It becomes in fact the oviduct in the female and atrophies in the male.
"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.
atrophy at·ro·phy (āt'rə-fē)
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. Also called atrophia. v. at·ro·phied, at·ro·phy·ing, at·ro·phies
To undergo atrophy.
Note: The term is also used in a more general way to refer to a wasting process: “Since he stopped playing, his piano skills have atrophied.”