atrophy

{{11}}atrophy (n.) "a wasting away through lack of nourishment," 1620s (atrophied is from 1590s), from Fr. atrophie, from L.L. atrophia, from Gk. atrophia "a wasting away," noun of state from atrophos "ill-fed, un-nourished," from a- "not" + trophe "nourishment," from trephein "to fatten" (see -TROPHY (Cf. -trophy)).
{{12}}atrophy (v.) 1822 (implied in atrophied), from ATROPHY (Cf. atrophy) (n.). Related: Atrophying.

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Synonyms:
(from want of nourishment), , , ,


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