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

atrophy

verb
     
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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