atrophied

[a-truh-feed]
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Origin of atrophied

First recorded in 1590–1600; atrophy + -ed2
Related formsnon·at·ro·phied, adjectiveun·at·ro·phied, adjective

atrophy

[a-truh-fee]
noun
  1. 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.
  2. degeneration, decline, or decrease, as from disuse: He argued that there was a progressive atrophy of freedom and independence of thought.
verb (used with or without object), at·ro·phied, at·ro·phy·ing.
  1. to affect with or undergo atrophy.

Origin of atrophy

1590–1600; earlier atrophie (< Middle French) < Late Latin atrophia < Greek, equivalent to átroph(os) not fed (see a-6, tropho-) + -ia -ia
Related formsa·troph·ic [uh-trof-ik, uh-troh-fik] /əˈtrɒf ɪk, əˈtroʊ fɪk/, adjectivenon·a·troph·ic, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of atrophied

Historical Examples of atrophied

  • But the gentler fibers of the man were atrophied by the habits of a lifetime.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • The court is an atrophied institution, a circus surviving in the backyard of history.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht

  • As a result, we have no organs of hearing, for they have been atrophied from ages of disuse.

    Giants on the Earth

    Sterner St. Paul Meek

  • The vulgar quackeries drop off, atrophied, one after another.

    Medical Essays

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • The optic nerve is a shrunken, atrophied and insensate thread.


British Dictionary definitions for atrophied

atrophy

noun plural -phies
  1. a wasting away of an organ or part, or a failure to grow to normal size as the result of disease, faulty nutrition, etc
  2. any degeneration or diminution, esp through lack of use
verb -phies, -phying or -phied
  1. to waste away or cause to waste away
Derived Formsatrophic (əˈtrɒfɪk), adjective

Word Origin for atrophy

C17: from Late Latin atrophia, from Greek, from atrophos ill-fed, from a- 1 + -trophos from trephein to feed
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Word Origin and History for atrophied

atrophy

n.

"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).

atrophy

v.

1822 (implied in atrophied), from atrophy (n.). Related: Atrophying.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

atrophied in Medicine

atrophied

[ătrə-fēd]
adj.
  1. Characterized by atrophy.

atrophy

[ătrə-fē]
n.
  1. 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.atrophia
v.
  1. To undergo atrophy.
Related formsa•trophic (ā-trŏfĭk) adj.
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atrophied in Science

atrophy

[ătrə-fē]
  1. 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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atrophied in Culture

atrophy

[(at-ruh-fee)]

The wasting away or decrease in size of an organ or tissue in the body. When a body part is affected by paralysis, the muscles may atrophy through lack of use.

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.”
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