[ dis-truh-fee ]
/ ˈdɪs trə fi /
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Medicine/Medical. faulty or inadequate nutrition or development.
Pathology. any of a number of disorders characterized by weakening, degeneration, or abnormal development of muscle.
Ecology. the state of being dystrophic.



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Also dys·tro·phi·a [dih-stroh-fee-uh]. /dɪˈstroʊ fi ə/.

Origin of dystrophy

From the New Latin word dystrophia, dating back to 1885–90. See dys-, -trophy
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British Dictionary definitions for dystrophy


dystrophia (dɪˈstrəʊfɪə)

/ (ˈdɪstrəfɪ) /


any of various bodily disorders, characterized by wasting of tissuesSee also muscular dystrophy
ecology a condition of lake water when it is too acidic and poor in oxygen to support life, resulting from excessive humus content
dystrophic (dɪsˈtrɒfɪk), adjective
C19: New Latin dystrophia, from dys- + Greek trophē food
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Medical definitions for dystrophy

[ dĭstrə-fē ]


A degenerative disorder caused by inadequate or defective nutrition.
Any of several disorders, especially muscular dystrophy, in which the muscles weaken and atrophy.
dys•trophic (dĭ-strŏfĭk, -strōfĭk) adj.
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