What does Atrophy mean?

Atrophy meaning in General Dictionary

To waste away to dwindle

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  • resulting in to waste away or be abortive to starve or weaken
  • A wasting far from not enough nutrition diminution in volume or sluggish emaciation associated with human body or of any part
  • undergo atrophy
  • a decrease in proportions of an organ brought on by infection or disuse
  • any deterioration or deterioration (especially through decreased usage)
  • A wasting from desire of nutrition; diminution in bulk or sluggish emaciation associated with body or of every component.
  • resulting in to waste away or come to be abortive; to starve or damage.
  • To waste away; to dwindle.

Atrophy meaning in Medical Dictionary

A wasting away or diminution. Muscle atrophy is a decrease in muscle tissue, often because extensive immobility.


Atrophy meaning in Etymology Dictionary

"a wasting away through insufficient nourishment," 1620s (atrophied is from 1590s), from French atrophie, from Late Latin atrophia, from Greek atrophia "a wasting away," noun of condition from atrophos "ill-fed, un-nourished," from a- "not" + trophe "nourishment," from trephein "to fatten" (see -trophy).

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  • 1822 (implied in atrophied), from atrophy (n.). Associated: Atrophying.

Atrophy meaning in Veterinary Dictionary

The wasting away of specific cells; a condition occurring when areas are not able to grow.


Atrophy meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) A wasting away from choose of nutrition; diminution in volume or sluggish emaciation associated with the human anatomy or of any part.

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  • (v. t.) To cause to waste away or become abortive; to starve or deteriorate.
  • (v. i.) To waste away; to dwindle.

Sentence Examples with the word Atrophy

The atrophy of the Ottoman sea-power had left the archipelago at the mercy of the Greek war-brigs; piracy flourished; and it became essential in the interests of the commerce of all nations to make some power responsible for the policing of the narrow seas.

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