- 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.
Origin of atrophy
Related Words for atrophiesdegeneration, decline, downfall, downgrade, deterioration, diminution, degeneracy
Examples from the Web for atrophies
Historical Examples of atrophies
Whichever faculty you use, the other atrophies, and partly deserts you.This Simian World
It becomes in fact the oviduct in the female and atrophies in the male.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume 1
Francis Maitland Balfour
Even when absorbed into the tissues in minute doses it corrodes the brain and atrophies the intellect.The Bartlett Mystery
Many of these atrophies from disuse are cured by mental influence of one kind or another.Psychotherapy
James J. Walsh
If it yields to their narcotic charms, the best brain grows rusty and atrophies in the long run.Battle Studies
Charles-Jean-Jacques-Joseph Ardant du Picq
- 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
Word Origin for atrophy
"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).
1822 (implied in atrophied), from atrophy (n.). Related: Atrophying.
- 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
- To undergo 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.