Definitions for atrophy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. atrophy, wasting, wasting away(noun)

    a decrease in size of an organ caused by disease or disuse

  2. atrophy, withering(verb)

    any weakening or degeneration (especially through lack of use)

  3. atrophy(verb)

    undergo atrophy

    "Muscles that are not used will atrophy"

Wiktionary

  1. atrophy(Noun)

    A reduction in the functionality of an organ caused by disease, injury or lack of use.

  2. atrophy(Verb)

    To wither or waste away.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Atrophy(noun)

    a wasting away from want of nourishment; diminution in bulk or slow emaciation of the body or of any part

  2. Atrophy(verb)

    to cause to waste away or become abortive; to starve or weaken

  3. Atrophy(verb)

    to waste away; to dwindle

  4. Origin: [L. atrophia, Gr. ; 'a priv. + to nourish: cf. F. atrophie.]

Freebase

  1. Atrophy

    Atrophy is the partial or complete wasting away of a part of the body. Causes of atrophy include mutations, poor nourishment, poor circulation, loss of hormonal support, loss of nerve supply to the target organ, excessive amount of apoptosis of cells, and disuse or lack of exercise or disease intrinsic to the tissue itself. Hormonal and nerve inputs that maintain an organ or body part are referred to as trophic [noun] in medical practice. Trophic describes the trophic condition of tissue. A diminished muscular trophic is designated as atrophy. Atrophy is the general physiological process of reabsorption and breakdown of tissues, involving apoptosis on a cellular level. When it occurs as a result of disease or loss of trophic support due to other disease, it is termed pathological atrophy, although it can be a part of normal body development and homeostasis as well.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Atrophy

    Decrease in the size of a cell, tissue, organ, or multiple organs, associated with a variety of pathological conditions such as abnormal cellular changes, ischemia, malnutrition, or hormonal changes.

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Frank Lloyd Wright:

    If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger.

  2. Maynard James Keenan, in the song "Schism", by Tool:

    cold silence has a tendency to atrophy any sense of
    compassion,
    between supposed lovers,
    between supposed brothers.
    And I know the pieces fit.

  3. Marty Wilson:

    She's a very talented candidate and connects well with voters, the problem is after 2010, she was no longer a candidate. So mail lists and email lists tend to atrophy when they're not in use.

  4. Chief Executive George Scangos:

    I hope we can transform the treatment of MS. By that time, we will have made substantial progress on ALS and other nerve degenerative diseases, spinal muscular atrophy in kids. All that stuff is on our plate.

  5. Chief Executive George Scangos:

    Five years down the road, with some luck, we'll have an Alzheimer's drug that's getting approved, i hope we can transform the treatment of MS. By that time, we will have made substantial progress on ALS and other nerve degenerative diseases, spinal muscular atrophy in kids. All that stuff is on our plate.

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