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Meaning of ATROPHY

Pronunciation:  'atrufee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  any weakening or degeneration (especially through lack of use)
  2. [n]  a decrease in size of an organ caused by disease or disuse
  3. [v]  undergo atrophy; "Muscles that are not used will atrophy"

ATROPHY is a 7 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: wasting, wasting away, withering
 See Also: amyotrophia, amyotrophy, kraurosis, shrink, shrivel, shrivel up, symptom, tabes, weakening, wither



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \At"ro*phy\, n. [L. atrophia, Gr. ?; 'a priv. + ? to
    nourish: cf. F. atrophie.]
    A wasting away from want of nourishment; diminution in bulk
    or slow emaciation of the body or of any part. --Milton.
  2. \At"ro*phy\, v. t. [p. p. {Atrophied}.]
    To cause to waste away or become abortive; to starve or
  3. \At"ro*phy\, v. i.
    To waste away; to dwindle.
Medical Dictionary
 Definition: a continuous decline of a body part or tissue, usually a muscle, following a period of disuse or immobility.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: The wasting of a tissue, organ or body part.
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