atrophied atrophied  /ˈæ trə fid/


  1. (adj) (of an organ or body part) diminished in size or strength as a result of disease or injury or lack of use
  2. (n) any weakening or degeneration (especially through lack of use)
  3. (n) a decrease in size of an organ caused by disease or disuse
  4. (v) undergo atrophy


  1. Autopsies are not likely to reveal it, claim the authors, because most autopsies are performed on older women, whose G spots may have atrophied.
  2. But the form soon atrophied.
  3. By contrast, the College Republican National Committee, which atrophied to just 409 chapters in 1998, now lists active members on 1,148 campuses.


  1. Are there 2 types of Gulf War illness?

    U.S. veterans with Gulf War illness complain of different types of symptoms, and researchers now think they know why: There may be two distinct forms of the illness, depending on which areas of the brain have atrophied.
    on June 17, 2013     Source: FOX 23 Maine

  2. New Study Pinpoints Two Distinct Forms of Gulf War Illness

    New research suggests there are two distinct forms of Gulf War illness, depending on which brain regions have atrophied. Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center say their findings may explain why the medical community has encountered Gulf War veterans with varying symptoms and complaints. Using brain imaging, the researchers studied the effects of physical stress [...]
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Psych Central

  3. Stress test and brain scans pinpoint two distinct forms of Gulf War illness

    New research suggests that Gulf War illness may have two distinct forms depending on which brain regions have atrophied. In a study of Gulf War veterans, researchers say their findings help explain why clinicians have consistently encountered veterans with different symptoms and complaints.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Science Daily


  1. "It was just stagnant. There were a lot of really good people, but it was stagnant. I don't think people knew what to do. It had atrophied," Hahn said.
    on Mar 25, 2010 By: Don Hahn Source: BusinessWeek

  2. "When I came to, I had no voice (the intubation had paralyzed my right vocal cord) and could not walk or swallow," Hersch wrote. "All of my muscles had atrophied and I was dangerously underweight. I was kept alive by a feeding tube that...
    on Jul 3, 2010 By: Fred Hersch Source: Ottawa Citizen

  3. Referring to the atheist bus campaign, Lord Carey said: "The inference is that all religions are bad for human flourishing; they are diseased and atrophied vestiges of human life. A reasonable and careful conversation is needed for us to overcome...
    on Jan 11, 2009 By: George Carey Source:

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