dystrophy

dystrophy

[dis-truh-fee]
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] .


Origin:
1885–90; < Neo-Latin dystrophia. See dys-, -trophy

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dystrophy or dystrophia (ˈdɪstrəfɪ, dɪˈstrəʊfɪə)
 
n
1.  See also muscular dystrophy any of various bodily disorders, characterized by wasting of tissues
2.  ecology a condition of lake water when it is too acidic and poor in oxygen to support life, resulting from excessive humus content
 
[C19: New Latin dystrophia, from dys- + Greek trophē food]
 
dystrophia or dystrophia
 
n
 
[C19: New Latin dystrophia, from dys- + Greek trophē food]
 
dystrophic or dystrophia
 
adj

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dystrophy
"defective nutrition," from Mod.L. dystrophia, from Gk. dys- "hard, bad, ill" (see dys-) + trophe "nourishment." Related: Dystrophic.
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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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