Date: 1600-1700
Language: Late Latin
Origin: atrophia 'becoming smaller or weaker', from Greek, from atrophos 'badly fed', from trephein 'to feed'


at‧ro‧phy past tense and past participle atrophied, present participle atrophying, third person singular atrophies [intransitive and transitive]
MI if a part of the body atrophies or is atrophied, it becomes weak because of lack of use or lack of blood:
therapy to prevent the leg muscles from atrophying
atrophy noun [uncountable]

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