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dystrophy

[dis-truh-fee]
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noun
  1. Medicine/Medical. faulty or inadequate nutrition or development.
  2. Pathology. any of a number of disorders characterized by weakening, degeneration, or abnormal development of muscle.
  3. Ecology. the state of being dystrophic.
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Also dys·tro·phi·a [dih-stroh-fee-uh] /dɪˈstroʊ fi ə/.

Origin of dystrophy

From the New Latin word dystrophia, dating back to 1885–90. See dys-, -trophy
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British Dictionary definitions for dystrophia

dystrophy

dystrophia (dɪˈstrəʊfɪə)

noun
  1. any of various bodily disorders, characterized by wasting of tissuesSee also muscular dystrophy
  2. ecology a condition of lake water when it is too acidic and poor in oxygen to support life, resulting from excessive humus content
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Derived Formsdystrophic (dɪsˈtrɒfɪk), adjective

Word Origin

C19: New Latin dystrophia, from dys- + Greek trophē food
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Word Origin and History for dystrophia

dystrophy

n.

also distrophy, "defective nutrition," 1858, from Modern Latin dystrophia, distrophia, from Greek dys- "hard, bad, ill" (see dys-) + trophe "nourishment" (see -trophy). Related: Dystrophic.

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dystrophia in Medicine

dystrophy

(dĭstrə-fē)
n.
  1. A degenerative disorder caused by inadequate or defective nutrition.
  2. Any of several disorders, especially muscular dystrophy, in which the muscles weaken and atrophy.
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Related formsdys•trophic (dĭ-strŏfĭk, -strōfĭk) adj.
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