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, typically due to the degeneration of cells, or become vestigial during evolution. (without exercise, the muscles will atrophy)
    Gradually decline in effectiveness or vigor due to underuse or neglect. (her artistic skills atrophied from lack of use)

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