Atrophy - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈætrəfi|  American pronunciation of the word atrophy
Brit.  |ˈatrəfi|  British pronunciation of the word atrophy


- a decrease in size of an organ caused by disease or disuse (syn: wasting)
- any weakening or degeneration (especially through lack of use) (syn: withering)


- undergo atrophy


The doctor is concerned about possible atrophy of the shoulder muscles.

A boring job atrophied my mind.

therapy to prevent the leg muscles from atrophying

Muscles that are not used will atrophy

Word forms

I/you/we/they: atrophy
he/she/it: atrophies
present participle: atrophying
past tense: atrophied
past participle: atrophied
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