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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Atrophy  \At"ro*phy\,  n.  [L.  atrophia,  Gr  ?;  'a  priv.  +  ?  to 
  nourish:  cf  F.  atrophie.] 
  A  wasting  away  from  want  of  nourishment;  diminution  in  bulk 
  or  slow  emaciation  of  the  body  or  of  any  part  --Milton. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Atrophy  \At"ro*phy\,  v.  t.  [p.  p.  {Atrophied}.] 
  To  cause  to  waste  away  or  become  abortive;  to  starve  or 
  weaken. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Atrophy  \At"ro*phy\,  v.  i. 
  To  waste  away  to  dwindle. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  atrophy 
  n  1:  a  decrease  in  size  of  an  organ  caused  by  disease  or  disuse 
  [syn:  {wasting},  {wasting  away}] 
  2:  any  weakening  or  degeneration  (especially  through  lack  of 
  use)  [syn:  {withering}] 
  v  :  undergo  atrophy;  "Muscles  that  are  not  used  will  atrophy" 




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