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Definition of atrophy noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [uncountable] (medical)
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  1. 1the condition of losing flesh, muscle, strength, etc. in a part of the body because it does not have enough blood
  2. 2(figurative, formal) TV viewing may lead to atrophy of children's imaginations.
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