Etymology
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atrophy (n.)

"a wasting away through lack of nourishment," 1610s (atrophied is from 1590s), from French atrophie, from Late Latin atrophia, from Greek atrophia "a wasting away," abstract noun from atrophos "ill-fed, un-nourished," from a- "not, without" (see a- (3)) + trophe "nourishment," from trephein "to fatten" (see -trophy).

atrophy (v.)

"to waste away," 1808, from atrophy (n.). Related: Atrophied; atrophying.

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Definitions of atrophy
1
atrophy (n.)
a decrease in size of an organ caused by disease or disuse;
Synonyms: wasting / wasting away
atrophy (n.)
any weakening or degeneration (especially through lack of use);
Synonyms: withering
2
atrophy (v.)
undergo atrophy;
Muscles that are not used will atrophy
From wordnet.princeton.edu