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Definition 1: any weakening or degeneration (especially through lack of use) - [noun denoting event]

Synonyms for atrophy in the sense of this definition

(atrophy is a kind of ...) becoming weaker

Definition 2: a decrease in size of an organ caused by disease or disuse - [noun denoting state]

Synonyms for atrophy in the sense of this definition

(atrophy is a kind of ...) (medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease

(... is a kind of atrophy ) progressive wasting of muscle tissues

(... is a kind of atrophy ) wasting of the body during a chronic disease

(... is a kind of atrophy ) atrophy and shriveling of the skin or mucous membrane

Definition 3: undergo atrophy - [verb of body]

Samples where atrophy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Muscles that are not used will atrophy

(atrophy is a kind of ...) wither, as with a loss of moisture

"The fruit dried and shriveled"

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