WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- exhibiting or affected with atrophy;
shriveled:an atrophied arm; an atrophied talent.
- atrophy + -ed2 1590–1600
- a wasting away of the body, as from poor nutrition, nerve damage, or disuse.
v. [no object]
- to undergo atrophy;
degenerate:His crippled leg began to atrophy with no exercise.
- to become weakened;
decline:Industry atrophied in bad economic times.
- degeneration, decline, or decrease, as from disuse:He argued that there was a progressive atrophy of freedom and independence of thought.
- to affect with or undergo atrophy.
- Greek, equivalent. to átroph(os) not fed (see a-6, tropho-) + -ia -ia
- Late Latin atrophia
- Middle French)
- 1590–1600; earlier atrophie (