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.
- a·troph·ic [uh-trof-ik, uh-troh-fik], /əˈtrɒf ɪk, əˈtroʊ fɪk/, adjective
- non·a·troph·ic, adjective
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How to use atrophy in a sentence
There is a rare variety of cancer of the corporeal endometrium, namely, that which attacks small atrophic uteri.
As the disease spreads the oldest part becomes dry and heals, the new epidermal covering being thin and atrophic in appearance.
Secondarily, from pressure, atrophy and destruction of the skin-glands, and atrophic degeneration of the fat and muscles result.
An atrophic, brittle, dry condition of the hair, and which may be either symptomatic or idiopathic.
What several diseases of the skin are commonly followed by atrophic changes?
British Dictionary definitions for atrophy
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
- atrophic (əˈtrɒfɪk), adjective
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Scientific definitions for 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.
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Cultural definitions for atrophy
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