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English noun: atrophy

1. atrophy (state) a decrease in size of an organ caused by disease or disuse


Synonymswasting, wasting away


Broader (hypernym)symptom


Narrower (hyponym)amyotrophia, amyotrophy, kraurosis, tabes

2. atrophy (event) any weakening or degeneration (especially through lack of use)


Synonymswithering


Broader (hypernym)weakening


English verb: atrophy

1. atrophy (body) undergo atrophy


SamplesMuscles that are not used will atrophy.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody's (body part) ----s


Broader (hypernym)shrink, shrivel, shrivel up, wither









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