- Medicine/Medical. faulty or inadequate nutrition or development.
- Pathology. any of a number of disorders characterized by weakening, degeneration, or abnormal development of muscle.
- Ecology. the state of being dystrophic.
Also dys·tro·phi·a [dih-stroh-fee-uh] /dɪˈstroʊ fi ə/.
Origin of dystrophy
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- any of various bodily disorders, characterized by wasting of tissuesSee also muscular dystrophy
- ecology a condition of lake water when it is too acidic and poor in oxygen to support life, resulting from excessive humus content
C19: New Latin dystrophia, from dys- + Greek trophē food
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Word Origin and History for dystrophy
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A degenerative disorder caused by inadequate or defective nutrition.
- Any of several disorders, especially muscular dystrophy, in which the muscles weaken and atrophy.
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