[ dis-truh-fee ]
/ ˈdɪs trə fi /
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/.
Words nearby dystrophy
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British Dictionary definitions for dystrophy
/ (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
Derived forms of dystrophydystrophic (dɪsˈtrɒfɪk), adjective
Word Origin for dystrophy
C19: New Latin dystrophia, from dys- + Greek trophē food
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Medical definitions for dystrophy
[ dĭs′trə-fē ]
A degenerative disorder caused by inadequate or defective nutrition.
Any of several disorders, especially muscular dystrophy, in which the muscles weaken and atrophy.
Other words from dystrophydys•troph′ic (dĭ-strŏf′ĭk, -strō′fĭk) adj.
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