verb (used with or without object), at·ro·phied, at·ro·phy·ing.
- atrophic rhinitis,
- atrophic vaginitis,
Origin of atrophy
Examples from the Web for atrophy
Still, the atrophy continued, as did the collapse of Vatican-backed dictatorships in Portugal, Spain and Latin America.
It hinders the immune system, causes insomnia, and speeds the atrophy of the brain, to name a few.
As a consequence, some atrophy of the muscles of the leg occurred, and a halt became habitual in the gait.Psychotherapy|James J. Walsh
Was it politics that had caused this atrophy of the moral senses by disuse?Democracy An American Novel|Henry Adams
Unused, any organ will atrophy, and so their capacity for sympathy may be latent and not easily roused.Among the Wild Tribes of the Afghan Frontier|T. L. Pennell
There was a marked lateral deviation of the spinal column, with atrophy of the leg muscles.Lourdes|Robert Hugh Benson
Atrophy of the optic nerve is also involved and the final result is blindness.Being Well-Born|Michael F. Guyer
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.