Part of speech: verb
Waste away due to degeneration of cells, as in muscle tissue
Gradually decline, as in a skill or quality
Examples of Atrophy in a sentence
"After six months recovering in a wheelchair, my leg muscles had atrophied and required physical therapy."
"I have to make sure my vacation isn't too long — my ability to focus on work will atrophy entirely."
Muscle atrophy has become an increasingly modern problem, as more and more people live sedentary lifestyles and spend their days working in chairs at computers. Muscle atrophy can occur even without major injuries or forced bed rest, so hop up from your computer next time you have a moment.
Did you Know?
Atrophy comes from a Greek word meaning "lack of nourishment."