- 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.
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.
a wasting away, esp. of bodily tissue, an organ, etc., or the failure of an organ or part to grow or develop, as because of insufficient nutrition
Origin of atrophyfrom Late Latin atrophia from Gr, a wasting away from a-, not + trephein, to feed: see trophic
intransitive verb-·phied, -·phy·ing
to waste away or fail to develop
to cause atrophy in
- 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
To cause to wither or deteriorate; affect with atrophy.
To waste away; wither or deteriorate.
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)