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dystrophy

[dis-truh-fee] /ˈdɪs trə fi/
noun
1.
Medicine/Medical. faulty or inadequate nutrition or development.
2.
Pathology. any of a number of disorders characterized by weakening, degeneration, or abnormal development of muscle.
3.
Ecology. the state of being dystrophic.
Also, dystrophia
[dih-stroh-fee-uh] /dɪˈstroʊ fi ə/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; < Neo-Latin dystrophia. See dys-, -trophy
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British Dictionary definitions for dystrophy

dystrophy

/ˈdɪstrəfɪ/
noun
1.
any of various bodily disorders, characterized by wasting of tissues See also muscular dystrophy
2.
(ecology) a condition of lake water when it is too acidic and poor in oxygen to support life, resulting from excessive humus content
Derived Forms
dystrophic (dɪsˈtrɒfɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C19: New Latin dystrophia, from dys- + Greek trophē food
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Word Origin and History for dystrophy
n.

also distrophy, "defective nutrition," 1858, from Modern Latin dystrophia, distrophia, from Greek dys- "hard, bad, ill" (see dys-) + trophe "nourishment" (see -trophy). Related: Dystrophic.

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dystrophy in Medicine

dystrophy dys·tro·phy (dĭs'trə-fē) or dys·tro·phi·a (dĭ-strō'fē-ə)
n.

  1. A degenerative disorder caused by inadequate or defective nutrition.

  2. Any of several disorders, especially muscular dystrophy, in which the muscles weaken and atrophy.


dys·troph'ic (dĭ-strŏf'ĭk, -strō'fĭk) adj.
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