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Muscles that are not used will quickly atrophy.
  to wither or weaken — especially from lack of use
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  • Muscles that are not used will quickly atrophy.
  • atrophy of the temporal lobes of the brain
  • Work with a physical therapist helped minimize muscle atrophy while she healed.
  • They were loose because his legs had atrophied beyond normal clothing size
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie

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  • most bugger soldiers are females, but with atrophied... sexual organs.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • They are atrophied, probably beyond hope of recovery.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • He kept thinking of a college physiology class he had taken, in which the instructor had taught them to think of the mind as a muscle that would atrophy if left idle.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • But polio had left Ali with a twisted, atrophied right leg that was sallow skin over bone with little in between except a paper-thin layer of muscle.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • We were worried about atrophy-her muscles, her brain…
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Maybe empathy, like any unused muscle, simply atrophied.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes

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  • Her ... thigh was atrophied by the deep incisions Dr. Sasaki had made.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • That next month, the cast came off. ...I spent a couple of months learning to walk again, first with a walking cast, then with a pretty nasty limp, slowly working my atrophied muscles back to health again.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • Turning, I saw a little woman standing on the stoop with a green coat covering her head and shoulders, its sleeves hanging limp like extra atrophied arms.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • He felt as if there was something atrophied between his eyes, where the base of the nose grew into the skull.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Over the weeks that followed he languished in the hospital, staring blankly at the ceiling, arms curled tightly at his sides, muscles atrophying, his weight dropping below eighty pounds.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • "The cells in your systems have atrophied and are dead," she said sharply.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • ... the need, to communicate by speech atrophies from disuse and...
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • It is famished, it is crazed with hunger by that time, and will be entirely satisfied with anything that comes handy; its taste is atrophied, it can’t tell mud cat from shad.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • To counteract the malign spell which she imagined poor Eustacia to be working, the boy’s mother busied herself with a ghastly invention of superstition, calculated to bring powerlessness, atrophy, and annihilation on any human being against whom it was directed.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • The townie rode a motorcycle and had an atrophied left leg.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • If this people has so atrophied its taste buds as to find tasteless food not only acceptable but desirable, what of the emotional life of the nation?
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • The hollow bolted around the bend, using its muscular tongues like legs, its atrophied human limbs hanging useless.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • She had lost a great deal of weight, her muscles had atrophied, and a numbness persisted on most of her left side.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • "That’s to try and keep his physical condition up—to stop him atrophying and his bones demineralizing, his legs pooling, that kind of thing."
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • No mind has tried to hold out against IT for so many thousands of centuries that certain centers have become soft and atrophied through lack of use.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • It is certain that the mind becomes atrophied in a defective body.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Along the walls on the village side all was dusty, the wriggling vines, the lemon and eucalyptus trees, the casual wheel-barrow, left only a moment since, but already grown into the path, atrophied and faintly rotten.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • This paralysis lasted, however, but a short time; for Tess’s energies returned with the atrophy of his, and she walked as fast as she was able past the barn and onward.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • However, another MRI brain scan was done on him yesterday—and it shows a reversal of that atrophy.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • One month ago he could hardly get out of his chair, which is partly due to muscle atrophy from being in bed for so long.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • The fibres of sympathy were nearly atrophied in him, but he was suffering so intensely that he had a faint glimpse of what other sufferings might mean—and, as she perceived, an almost simultaneous perception of the way in which her particular misfortunes might serve him.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • Immediately a place Before his eyes appeared, sad, noisome, dark; A lazar-house it seemed; wherein were laid Numbers of all diseased; all maladies Of ghastly spasm, or racking torture, qualms Of heart-sick agony, all feverous kinds, Convulsions, epilepsies, fierce catarrhs, Intestine stone and ulcer, colick-pangs, Demoniack phrenzy, moaping melancholy, And moon-struck madness, pining atrophy, Marasmus, and wide-wasting pestilence, Dropsies, and asthmas, and joint-racking rheums.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • —Communist pamphlet (5) If a new spirit is to be infused into this old country, there is one thorny and contentious reform which must be tackled, and that is the humanization and galvanization of the B.B.C. Timidity here will bespeak canker and atrophy of the soul.
    George Orwell  --  Politics and the English Language
  • So complete was their negation of interest in anything which seemed directly or indirectly a part of our everyday life that their sense of hearing—which had gradually come to understand its own futility when the tone of the conversation, at the dinner-table, became frivolous or merely mundane, without the two old ladies’ being able to guide it back to the topic dear to themselves—would leave its receptive channels unemployed, so effectively that they were actually becoming atrophied.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • It was not a solitude of atrophy, of negation, but of perpetual flowering.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • The other and spiritual side of their natures has been dwarfed—atrophied, in fact.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • Our own powers atrophied from lack of use.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • Something they all heard with an extra sense atrophied in herself.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • His legs, too, even under the covers, looked emaciated, like sticks, their mass atrophied.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • If you have to fly about to find every meal you eat, your muscles do not become atrophied.
    Frances Hodgson Burnett  --  The Secret Garden
  • You have an atrophied social sense, just like an illiterate peasant woman or a bourgeois diehard.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • The great muscles, atrophied from inactivity, could not resist the weight and grip of the ice prison.
    R.A. Salvatore  --  The Crystal Shard
  • Muscles continued to atrophy.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • "The use of slang," said Oliver Wendell Holmes, "is at once a sign and a cause of mental atrophy."
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Muscles that had once been strong began to atrophy despite physiotherapy, underscoring his sense of helplessness.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Best of Me
  • All this would have to be considered and its effect in intensifying certain sensibilities and reducing others to atrophy.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Sketch of the Past
  • Either the people will be plundered, as a substitute for legitimate taxation, or the government will sink into a fatal atrophy and perish.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • His position in society, then, is such that that which drives his ego is encouraged and developed, and that which would drive him toward other men—a weak impulse to begin with—is left to atrophy.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • "Listen, sweetie," she said (deciding that there was indeed testicular atrophy and also trying to recall tunica albugineae, and tunica something else, and vas deferens, of course, and that craggy thingy at the back, whatsitcalled …. epididymis!).
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • From a deficiency in this particular, one of two evils must ensue; either the people must be subjected to continual plunder, as a substitute for a more eligible mode of supplying the public wants, or the government must sink into a fatal atrophy, and, in a short course of time, perish.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
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