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In at least this age and country it exists as the atrophy of a cureless decline.

The victim of obesity has no sympathies with the martyr to atrophy; he may envy, he cannot pity him.

Our faculties, like our jaws, atrophy if we do not use them to bite with.

But the atrophy of responsibility proved the canker at the heart of the Empire.

They pay the penalty in an atrophy of the faculties of reflection and representation.

Atrophy is partial and special in its operation, nanism is general.

The ovary of aconites, according to Moquin, is very subject to atrophy.

Was it politics that had caused this atrophy of the moral senses by disuse?

Did God require in His service the atrophy of the affections?

The danger of atrophy is sufficient reason for the mutilation.

WORD ORIGIN

"a wasting away through lack of nourishment," 1620s (atrophied is from 1590s), from French atrophie, from Late Latin atrophia, from Greek atrophia "a wasting away," noun of state from atrophos "ill-fed, un-nourished," from a- "not" + trophe "nourishment," from trephein "to fatten" (see -trophy).

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