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Definition to wither or weaken — especially from lack of use
  • Muscles that are not used will quickly atrophy.
atrophy = wither or weaken — especially from lack of use
  • atrophy of the temporal lobes of the brain
  • Work with a physical therapist helped minimize muscle atrophy while she healed.
  • 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
  • atrophied = weakened or withered
  • We were worried about atrophy-her muscles, her brain...
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • atrophy = to wither or weaken — especially from lack of use
  • "The cells in your systems have atrophied and are dead," she said sharply.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • atrophied = withered or weakened
  • Her ... thigh was atrophied by the deep incisions Dr. Sasaki had made.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • atrophied = made weaker (and smaller)
  • most bugger soldiers are females, but with atrophied... sexual organs.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender's Game
  • atrophied = withered (shrunken and deteriorated)
  • Maybe empathy, like any unused muscle, simply atrophied.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • atrophied = withered or weakened from lack of use
  • 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
  • atrophied = withered or weakened
  • The townie rode a motorcycle and had an atrophied left leg.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • atrophied = withered or weakened
  • ... the need, to communicate by speech atrophies from disuse and...
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • atrophies = withers or weakens
  • They are atrophied, probably beyond hope of recovery.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • atrophied = withered or weakened
  • They were loose because his legs had atrophied beyond normal clothing size
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • atrophied = weakened (especially from lack of use)
  • 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
  • atrophied = withered (wasted away and perhaps no longer usable)
  • 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
  • atrophied = withered
  • 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
  • atrophy = wither or weaken — especially from lack of use
  • 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
  • atrophied = weakened
  • 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
  • atrophying = withered or weakened
  • 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
atrophied = withered or weakened — especially from lack of use

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