also distrophy, "defective nutrition," 1858, from Modern Latin dystrophia, distrophia, from Greek dys- "hard, bad, ill" (see dys-) + trophe "nourishment" (see -trophy). Related: Dystrophic.
dystrophy dys·tro·phy (dĭs'trə-fē) or dys·tro·phi·a (dĭ-strō'fē-ə)n.
A degenerative disorder caused by inadequate or defective nutrition.
Any of several disorders, especially muscular dystrophy, in which the muscles weaken and atrophy.