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[dih-strof-ik, -stroh-fik]
  1. Medicine/Medical. pertaining to or caused by dystrophy.
  2. Ecology. (of a lake) having too low an accumulation of dissolved nutrients to support abundant plant life; having highly acid, brownish waters filled with undecayed plant materials, and eventually developing into a peat bog or marsh.
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Origin of dystrophic

First recorded in 1890–95; dys- + trophic
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Historical Examples

  • The number, and above all the variety of the types of dystrophic backwardness, makes a general classification of them impossible.

    Abstracts of Papers Read at the First International Eugenics Congress


dystrophic in Science


[dĭ-strŏfĭk, -strōfĭk]
  1. Having brownish acidic waters, a high concentration of humic matter, and a small plant population. Used of a lake, pond, or stream. Compare eutrophic oligotrophic.
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