[ a-truh-fee ]
/ ˈæ trə fi /
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.
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Origin of atrophy
Related formsa·troph·ic [uh-trof-ik, uh-troh-fik] /əˈtrɒf ɪk, əˈtroʊ fɪk/, adjectivenon·a·troph·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for atrophying
/ (ˈætrəfɪ) /
noun plural -phies
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 Formsatrophic (əˈtrɒfɪk), adjective
Word Origin for atrophy
C17: from Late Latin atrophia, from Greek, from atrophos ill-fed, from a- 1 + -trophos from trephein to feed
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Medicine definitions for atrophying
[ 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
To undergo atrophy.
Related formsa•troph′ic (ā-trŏf′ĭk) adj.
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Science definitions for atrophying
[ ăt′rə-fē ]
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.
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Culture definitions for atrophying
[ (at-ruh-fee) ]
The term is also used in a more general way to refer to a wasting process: “Since he stopped playing, his piano skills have atrophied.”
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