atrophy


atrophy
noun (plural -phies) Etymology: Late Latin atrophia, from Greek, from atrophos ill fed, from a- + trephein to nourish Date: 1601 1. decrease in size or wasting away of a body part or tissue; also arrested development or loss of a part or organ incidental to the normal development or life of an animal or plant 2. a wasting away or progressive decline ; degeneration <
the atrophy of freedom
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was not a solitude of atrophy, of negation, but of perpetual flowering — Willa Cather
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atrophic adjectiveatrophy verb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Synonyms:
(from want of nourishment), , , ,