verb (used with or without object), at·ro·phied, at·ro·phy·ing.
Origin of atrophy
Related Words for atrophydegeneration, decline, downfall, downgrade, deterioration, diminution, degeneracy
Examples from the Web for atrophy
Contemporary Examples of atrophy
Still, the atrophy continued, as did the collapse of Vatican-backed dictatorships in Portugal, Spain and Latin America.Father Ted: Comedy as Liberation
March 8, 2013
It hinders the immune system, causes insomnia, and speeds the atrophy of the brain, to name a few.How to Live Forever
July 29, 2009
Historical Examples of atrophy
In at least this age and country it exists as the atrophy of a cureless decline.Leading Articles on Various Subjects
The victim of obesity has no sympathies with the martyr to atrophy; he may envy, he cannot pity him.Arthur O'Leary
Charles James Lever
Our faculties, like our jaws, atrophy if we do not use them to bite with.A Labrador Doctor
Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
But the atrophy of responsibility proved the canker at the heart of the Empire.Progress and History
They pay the penalty in an atrophy of the faculties of reflection and representation.Appearances
Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
noun plural -phies
verb -phies, -phying or -phied
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.