Meaning of ATROPHY in English

[ 'atrəfi ]

■ verb ( atrophies , ~ing , atrophied )

1》 (of body tissue or an organ) waste away, especially as a result of the degeneration of cells, or become vestigial during evolution.

2》 gradually decline in effectiveness or vigour.

■ noun the condition or process of ~ing.


atrophic ə'trɒfɪk adjective


C16: from Fr. atrophier (v.), atrophie (n.), from late L. atrophia , from Gk, 'lack of food'.

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