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Definition of Atrophy


  1. A wasting away from want of nourishment; diminution in bulk or slow emaciation of the body or of any part.
  2. To cause to waste away or become abortive; to starve or weaken.
  3. To waste away; to dwindle.

Atrophy Quotations

The three great problems of this century; the degradation of man in the proletariat, the subjection of women through hunger, the atrophy of the child by darkness.
Victor Hugo

I regarded finding I had a form of Alzheimer's as an insult and decided to do my best to marshal any kind of forces I could against this wretched disease. I have posterior cortical atrophy or PCA. They say, rather ingenuously, that if you have Alzheimer's it's the best form of Alzheimer's to have.
Terry Pratchett

If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger.
Frank Lloyd Wright

Music begins to atrophy when it departs too far from the dance... poetry begins to atrophy when it gets too far from music.
Ezra Pound

Indeed, the best way to think of willpower is not as some shapeless behavioral trait but as a sort of psychic muscle, one that can atrophy or grow stronger depending on how it's used.
Jeffrey Kluger
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Atrophy Translations

atrophy in French is fading, atrophier, atrophient, atrophions
atrophy in Italian is scomparsa
atrophy in Spanish is atrofia
atrophy in Swedish is atrofiera
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