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atrophy

verb [I] uk   /ˈæt.rə.fi/ us  
(of a part of the body) to be reduced in size and therefore strength, or, more generally, to become weaker: After several months in a hospital bed, my leg muscles had atrophied. In the 1980s, their political power gradually atrophied (= became weaker).
atrophy
noun [U] uk   us  
Translations of “atrophy”
in Spanish Atrofia, Atrofiarse…
in Chinese (Traditional) (身體部位)萎縮,衰退…
in Chinese (Simplified) (身体部位)萎缩,衰退…
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