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dystrophic

[ dih-strof-ik, -stroh-fik ]
/ dɪˈstrɒf ɪk, -ˈstroʊ fɪk /
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adjective
Medicine/Medical. pertaining to or caused by dystrophy.
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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Scientific definitions for dystrophic

dystrophic
[ dĭ-strŏfĭk, -strōfĭk ]

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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