atrophy

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atrophy
  • noun
    The process of atrophying or state of having atrophied. (gastric atrophy)
    verb
    (of body tissue or an organ) waste away, especially as a result of the degeneration of cells, or become vestigial during evolution. (the calf muscles will atrophy)
    Gradually decline in effectiveness or vigour due to underuse or neglect. (the imagination can atrophy from lack of use)

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