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.
- a·troph·ic [uh-trof-ik, uh-troh-fik], /əˈtrɒf ɪk, əˈtroʊ fɪk/, adjective
- non·a·troph·ic, adjective
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How to use atrophy in a sentence
Nevertheless, seen in the perspective of history, they are survivals, atrophying and disappearing.Appearances | Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
Bereft of Juliet, thrown back upon himself, the best part of his nature was slowly atrophying from disuse.An Unknown Lover | Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Because I'd like to see if the atrophying of your brain has furnished any compensations.The Guarded Heights | Wadsworth Camp
British Dictionary definitions for atrophy
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
- atrophic (əˈtrɒfɪk), adjective
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Scientific definitions for 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.
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Cultural definitions for atrophy
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