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[ey-bahy-o-truh-fee, ab-ee-] /ˌeɪ baɪˈɒ trə fi, ˌæb i-/
noun, Pathology
the loss of vitality in or the degeneration of certain cells or tissues, as in the aging process.
Origin of abiotrophy
a-6 + bio- + -trophy
Related forms
[ey-bahy-uh-trof-ik, -troh-fik, ab-ee-] /ˌeɪ baɪ əˈtrɒf ɪk, -ˈtroʊ fɪk, ˌæb i-/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for abiotrophy


the progressive degeneration of tissues, cells, etc
Derived Forms
abiotrophic, adjective
Word Origin
C20: from Greek a-1 + bio- + trophy
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abiotrophy in Medicine

abiotrophy a·bi·ot·ro·phy (ā'bī-ŏt'rə-fē)

  1. Premature loss of vitality or degeneration of cells or tissues, especially when due to genetic causes.

  2. A hereditary degenerative disease. Also called abiosis.

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