Atrophied



exhibiting or affected with ; wasted; withered; shriveled:
an atrophied arm; an atrophied talent.
Also, atrophia
[uh-troh-fee-uh] /əˈtroʊ fi ə/ (Show IPA). Pathology. a wasting away of the body or of an organ or part, as from defective nutrition or nerve damage.
degeneration, decline, or decrease, as from disuse:
He argued that there was a progressive atrophy of freedom and independence of thought.
to affect with or undergo atrophy.
Contemporary Examples

Restoring the atrophied Israeli Zionist left is the only way to ensure movement on the peace process.
Israelis Giving Palestinians Their Votes Mira Sucharov January 3, 2013

Inevitably, the old visceral “hands-on” flying skills, no longer much employed by pilots, have atrophied like an unused limb.
Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly? Clive Irving January 3, 2015

Most pythons have atrophied useless pelvises floating inside their abdomens, not connected to anything.
The Crazy Way Creationists Try To Explain Human Tails Without Evolution Karl W. Giberson May 31, 2014

That appears, at best, to be feeble, at worst to have atrophied altogether.
Why’s Al Qaeda So Strong? Washington Has (Literally) No idea Bruce Riedel November 8, 2014

The problem is that the physical part of the art of flying has atrophied.
The New Cockpit Threat Clive Irving October 21, 2009

Historical Examples

It was as if some nerve—the sentimental nerve—had atrophied.
Life and Gabriella Ellen Glasgow

The optic nerve is a shrunken, atrophied and insensate thread.
Natural Law in the Spiritual World Henry Drummond

In this way too often the imagination, the really individual part of the mind, is starved and atrophied.
The Healthy Life, Vol. V, Nos. 24-28 Various

You’ve the passions of overfed lap dogs with atrophied appetites.
The Business of Life Robert W. Chambers

Commonly accompanying quarter-crack is the condition of contracted heels and atrophied frog.
Diseases of the Horse’s Foot Harry Caulton Reeks

noun (pl) -phies
a wasting away of an organ or part, or a failure to grow to normal size as the result of disease, faulty nutrition, etc
any degeneration or diminution, esp through lack of use
verb -phies, -phying, -phied
to waste away or cause to waste away
n.

“a wasting away through lack of nourishment,” 1620s (atrophied is from 1590s), from French atrophie, from Late Latin atrophia, from Greek atrophia “a wasting away,” noun of state from atrophos “ill-fed, un-nourished,” from a- “not” + trophe “nourishment,” from trephein “to fatten” (see -trophy).
v.

1822 (implied in atrophied), from atrophy (n.). Related: Atrophying.

atrophied at·ro·phied (āt’rə-fēd)
adj.
Characterized by atrophy.

atrophy at·ro·phy (āt’rə-fē)
n.
A wasting or decrease in the size of an organ or tissue, as from death and reabsorption of cells, diminished cellular proliferation, pressure, ischemia, malnutrition, decreased function, or hormonal changes. Also called atrophia. v. at·ro·phied, at·ro·phy·ing, at·ro·phies
To undergo atrophy.
a·troph’ic (ā-trŏf’ĭk) adj.
atrophy
(āt’rə-fē)
A wasting or decrease in the size of an organ or tissue, as from death and reabsorption of cells, diminished proliferation of cells, pressure, lack of oxygen, malnutrition, decreased function, or hormonal changes.
atrophy [(at-ruh-fee)]

The wasting away or decrease in size of an organ or tissue in the body. When a body part is affected by paralysis, the muscles may atrophy through lack of use.

Note: The term is also used in a more general way to refer to a wasting process: “Since he stopped playing, his piano skills have atrophied.”

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