noun (atroph, ies)
verb (atroph, i, ed)
- (pathology) A reduction in the functionality of an organ caused by disease, injury or lack of use.
Etymology: From French atrophie < atrophia < Ancient Greek (polytonic, á) (atrophia) "a wasting away" < (polytonic, á) (atrophos) "ill-fed, un-nourished" < (polytonic, á-) (a-) "not" + (polytonic, ) (trophÄ) "nourishment" < (polytonic, ) (trephÅ) "I fatten."
- to wither or waste away
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