Definition of atrophy verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

atrophy

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verb
BrE BrE//ˈætrəfi//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈætrəfi//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they atrophy
BrE BrE//ˈætrəfi//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈætrəfi//
 
he / she / it atrophies
BrE BrE//ˈætrəfiz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈætrəfiz//
 
past simple atrophied
BrE BrE//ˈætrəfid//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈætrəfid//
 
past participle atrophied
BrE BrE//ˈætrəfid//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈætrəfid//
 
-ing form atrophying
BrE BrE//ˈætrəfiɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈætrəfiɪŋ//
 
 
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(atrophies, atrophying, atrophied, atrophied) [intransitive] if a part of the body atrophies, it becomes weak because it is not used or because it does not have enough blood patients whose muscles have atrophied (figurative) Memory can atrophy through lack of use. Word Origin late 16th cent.: from French atrophier (verb), atrophie (noun), from late Latin atrophia, from Greek, ‘lack of food’, from a- ‘without’ + trophē ‘food’.
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