Meaning of “atrophy” in the English Dictionary

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atrophyverb [ I ]

uk /ˈæt.rə.fi/ us /ˈæt.rə.fi/

(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).
noun [ U ] uk us

(Definition of “atrophy” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)