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ATROPHY (atrophied)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does atrophy mean? 

ATROPHY (noun)
  The noun ATROPHY has 2 senses:

1. a decrease in size of an organ caused by disease or disuse
2. any weakening or degeneration (especially through lack of use)

  Familiarity information: ATROPHY used as a noun is rare.


ATROPHY (verb)
  The verb ATROPHY has 1 sense:

1. undergo atrophy

  Familiarity information: ATROPHY used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ATROPHY (noun)


Sense 1atrophy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

atrophy; wasting away; wasting

Hypernyms ("atrophy" is a kind of...):

symptom ((medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "atrophy"):

amyotrophia; amyotrophy (progressive wasting of muscle tissues)

tabes (wasting of the body during a chronic disease)

kraurosis (atrophy and shriveling of the skin or mucous membrane)


Sense 2atrophy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any weakening or degeneration (especially through lack of use)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

withering; atrophy

Hypernyms ("atrophy" is a kind of...):

weakening (becoming weaker)


ATROPHY (verb)


Sense 1atrophy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Undergo atrophy

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Context example:

Muscles that are not used will atrophy

Hypernyms (to "atrophy" is one way to...):

shrink; shrivel; shrivel up; wither (wither, as with a loss of moisture)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Somebody's (body part) ----s


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