Thursday, 19 April 2012

word of the day:part thirty-seven | atrophy


at·ro·phy [ˈætrəfɪ]

1. Pathology A wasting or decrease in size of a body organ, tissue, or part owing to disease, injury, or lack of use: muscular atrophy of a person affected with paralysis.
2. A wasting away, deterioration, or diminution: intellectual atrophy.
To cause to wither or deteriorate; affect with atrophy.

To waste away; wither or deteriorate.

[Late Latin atrophia, from Greek atrophi, from atrophos, ill-nourished : a-, without; see a-1 + troph, food.]

atrophic | adj.
atrophies | pl.
atrophied, atrophying, atrophies | v.

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