Examples Word Origin See more synonyms for atrophy on Thesaurus.com 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. verb (used with or without object), at·ro·phied, at·ro·phy·ing. to affect with or undergo atrophy. Origin of atrophy 1590–1600;
Late Latin atrophia
) not fed (see
-ia -ia Related forms a·troph·ic , [ uh- trof-ik, uh- troh-fik] /əˈtrɒf ɪk, əˈtroʊ fɪk/ adjective non·a·troph·ic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for atrophying Historical Examples Because I'd like to see if the atrophying of your brain has furnished any compensations. Nevertheless, seen in the perspective of history, they are survivals, atrophying and disappearing. British Dictionary definitions for atrophying 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 verb -phies, -phying or -phied to waste away or cause to waste away Derived Forms atrophic ( əˈtrɒfɪk), adjective Word Origin
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 atrophying 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.
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atrophy (ăt ′rə-fē) 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 Related forms a•troph ( ′ic ā-trŏf) ′ĭk adj.
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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.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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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
skills have atrophied.”
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