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Definition of atrophy verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they atrophy
    he / she / it atrophies
    past simple atrophied
    -ing form atrophying
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  1. 1if a part of the body atrophies, it becomes weak because it is not used or because it does not have enough blood
  2. 2(figurative) Memory can atrophy through lack of use.
  3. atrophied adjective
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  4. atrophied muscles atrophied religious values
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