- The definition of atrophy is the weakening, loss, wasting away, break-down or growth halt of something such as a body part, plant, person, place or thing.
- When a person gets dementia and cannot remember things anymore, it is an example of atrophy in their brain cells.
- When a tree is no longer receiving the nutrients it needs and it begins to lose leaves, it is an example of atrophy.
- An example of atrophy is an abandoned home wearing away with time and weather, becoming broken down and unsuitable for living.
Origin of atrophy; from Late Latin atrophia ; from Classical Greek a wasting away ; from a-, not + trephein, to feed: see trophic
- 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.
- A wasting away, deterioration, or diminution: intellectual atrophy.
verbat·ro·phied, at·ro·phy·ing, at·ro·phies
Origin of atrophyLate Latin atrophia, from Greek atrophiā, from atrophos, ill-nourished : a-, without; see a–1 + trophē, food.
(third-person singular simple present atrophies, present participle atrophying, simple past and past participle atrophied)