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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)


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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