- 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 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
- 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.