• WordNet 3.6
    • v atrophy undergo atrophy "Muscles that are not used will atrophy"
    • n atrophy any weakening or degeneration (especially through lack of use)
    • n atrophy a decrease in size of an organ caused by disease or disuse
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Atrophy A wasting away from lack of nourishment; diminution in bulk or slow emaciation of the body or of any part.
    • v. t Atrophy To cause to waste away or become abortive; to starve or weaken.
    • v. i Atrophy To waste away; to dwindle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n atrophy A wasting of the body, or of a part of it, owing to defective nutrition.
    • n atrophy In botany and zoology, arrested development of an organ due to stoppage of growth at any stage by the operation of causes either external to or inherent in the organism.
    • atrophy To waste away.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Atrophy a′trof-i an alteration of the vital processes in a living organism, either animal or vegetable, resulting in a diminution of size and functional activity of the whole organism (general atrophy), or of certain of its organs or tissues: emaciation
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  • Sigmund Freud
    “The only bodily organ which is really regarded as inferior is the atrophied penis, a girl's clitoris.”
  • Dag Hammarskjold
    “Life yields only to the conqueror. Never accept what can be gained by giving in. You will be living off stolen goods, and your muscles will atrophy.”
  • Ezra Pound
    “If a nation's literature declines, the nation atrophies and decays.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. atrophia, Gr. ; 'a priv. + to nourish: cf. F. atrophie,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. a, neg., and trophē, nourishment.


In literature:

Again, you will find, if you travel long in America, that you are suffering from a kind of atrophy.
"Appearances" by Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
They will not let it find its own feet, till very late, and till, as the scoffer might well say, its limbs are absolutely atrophied.
"The Cult of Incompetence" by Emile Faguet
The result was the gradual atrophy of the whole administrative machine.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
This sentimental atrophy left his intellect entirely untrammelled; and he was more ambitious than ever of attaining a high position in society.
"Sentimental Education, Volume II" by Gustave Flaubert
To these symptoms were added strokes of epilepsy and an atrophy of the left arm.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 488, May 9, 1885" by Various
But the atrophy of responsibility proved the canker at the heart of the Empire.
"Progress and History" by Various
The muscles of the leg and foot, although not paralysed, undergo atrophy from disuse.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
What wonder is it that in the confirmed criminal many faculties appear to have atrophied.
"A Plea for the Criminal" by James Leslie Allan Kayll
NERVE, optic, atrophy of the, ii.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
In at least this age and country it exists as the atrophy of a cureless decline.
"Leading Articles on Various Subjects" by Hugh Miller

In poetry:

And the warmth will have the right of the selfish
Their atrophied senses will not resist
I hear the fire talk lightly of coolness
I hear a man speak what he has not known
"Talking Of Power And Love " by Paul Eluard

In news:

China's Communist Party: Atrophy and Adaptation by David Shambaugh Woodrow Wilson Center Press/University of California Press, 234 pp.
Mimi Chan and Dr Edward Smith talk about Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) and a local fundraiser happening this Friday, November 2nd at Spy Raleigh Lounge.
Vocal fold atrophy and Reinke edema.
Being 'Born-Again' Linked to More Brain Atrophy : Study.
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is the leading genetic cause of death of children under two.
We all need rest, but how much time off does it take before your muscles atrophy .
Median rhomboid glossitis -also known as central papillary atrophy and posterior midline atrophic candidiasis -is a type of erythematous candidiasis unique to the midline posterior tongue.
Republican challenger Mitt Romney launched a fresh attempt on Monday to paint President Barack Obama as weak on foreign policy, saying he has let US leadership atrophy, while the two.
Median rhomboid glossitis-also known as central papillary atrophy and posterior midline atrophic candidiasis -is a type of erythematous candidiasis unique to the midline posterior tongue.
Make-A-Wish, UnitedHealthcare help boy with spinal muscular atrophy.
Baby Ella Lanay Hunt was born with a disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy or SMA, which is almost always fatal.
Savannah family battles spinal muscular atrophy.
Richard Burkhart/Savannah Morning News Chase Harrison, who suffers from Spinal Muscular Atrophy, looks at his iPad which was given to him by SMA Angels Charity, Inc as he sits in his Parkside home.
The Joseph Lillo Spinal Muscular Atrophy Foundation of Children will be holding their 4th Annual Family Pasta Night at Robbins Reef Yacht Club this Saturday from 4 pm to 10 p.m.
Specifically, I would like to know about a recent MRI scan that showed I have atrophy in the medulla and thinning in the spinal cord above my spinal cord injury.

In science:

Rather, just as some new edges sprout, others disappear – less used synapses suffer atrophy, unstimulating friendships wither.
Interplay between Network Topology and Dynamics in Neural Systems
Landsheat : Twin matter against dark matter. Intern. Meet. on Atrophys. and Cosm. "Where is the matter?", Marseille 2001 june 25-29. J.P.
Bigravity : A bimetric model of the Universe. Positive and negative gravitational lensings