|Apt to notice and make much of trivial faults or defects; faultfinding; difficult to please. CAPTIOUSLY CAPTIOUSNESS kap-shuhs|
|ambiguous and unclear language|
|—n , pl -phies|
|1.||a wasting away of an organ or part, or a failure to grow to normal size as the result of disease, faulty nutrition, etc|
|2.||any degeneration or diminution, esp through lack of use|
|—vb , -phies, -phies, -phying, -phied|
|3.||to waste away or cause to waste away|
|[C17: from Late Latin atrophia, from Greek, from atrophos ill-fed, from |
atrophy at·ro·phy (āt'rə-fē)
A wasting or decrease in the size of an organ or tissue, as from death and reabsorption of cells, diminished cellular proliferation, pressure, ischemia, malnutrition, decreased function, or hormonal changes. Also called atrophia. v. at·ro·phied, at·ro·phy·ing, at·ro·phies
To undergo atrophy.
|atrophy (āt'rə-fē) Pronunciation Key
A wasting or decrease in the size of an organ or tissue, as from death and reabsorption of cells, diminished proliferation of cells, pressure, lack of oxygen, malnutrition, decreased function, or hormonal changes.
Note: The term is also used in a more general way to refer to a wasting process: “Since he stopped playing, his piano skills have atrophied.”