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atrophy

Pronunciation: at′rō-fē

Definition: A wasting of tissues, organs, or the entire body, as from death and reabsorption of cells, diminished cellular proliferation, decreased cellular volume, pressure, ischemia, malnutrition, lessened function, or hormonal changes.

Synonym(s): atrophia

[G. atrophia, fr. a- priv. + trophē, nourishment]

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