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dystrophy

Syllabification: dys·tro·phy
Pronunciation: /ˈdistrəfē
 
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Definition of dystrophy in English:

noun

1 Medicine & Veterinary Medicine A disorder in which an organ or tissue of the body wastes away. See also muscular dystrophy.
Example sentences
  • Fuchs' dystrophy is an inherited disease that affects the cornea - the transparent front surface of your eye.
  • The key breakthroughs in the mitochondrial disorders and Duchenne dystrophy had all been made by the early '90s, and yet a decade later, no effective treatments have yet emerged.
  • Muscular dystrophies are genetic disorders, usually progressive, which can lead to profound paralysis.
2 Medicine Impaired nourishment of a bodily part.
Example sentences
  • Soft tissue dystrophy continues, and the skin is cool, ischemic, dry, thin, and shiny.
  • There, in the camp, he almost died of hunger, developed dystrophy and pellagra, and almost lost his central vision.

Origin

late 19th century: from modern Latin dystrophia, from Greek dus- 'bad' + -trophia 'nourishment'.

Words that rhyme with dystrophy

epistrophe

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