Borrowed from French atrophie, from Latin atrophia, from Ancient Greek ἀτροφία (atrophía, “a wasting away”), from ἄτροφος (átrophos, “ill-fed, un-nourished”), from ἀ- (a-, “not”) + τροφή (trophḗ, “nourishment”), from τρέφω (tréphō, “I fatten”).
atrophy (plural atrophies)
- (pathology) A reduction in the functionality of an organ caused by disease, injury or lack of use. [from early 17th c.]
- (intransitive) To wither or waste away. [from early 18th c.]
- (transitive) To cause to waste away or become abortive; to starve or weaken.