Definition of dystrophic in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪsˈtrəʊfɪk/
Pronunciation: /dɪsˈtrɒfɪk/


1 Medicine Affected by or relating to dystrophy, especially muscular dystrophy.
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  • Observing the affected knee may reveal dystrophic changes, alteration of skin color, calluses related to kneeling or occupational abuse of the knee, scars, scratches, or rashes.
  • Another form of dwarfism that was formerly included in the spectrum of achondroplasia is dystrophic dwarfism.
  • The orifice connecting the right ventricle to the cavity was composed of dystrophic muscular fibers mixed with fatty cells.
2 Ecology (Of a lake) having brown acidic water that is low in oxygen and supports little life, owing to high levels of dissolved humus. Compare with eutrophic and oligotrophic.
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  • Both ponds are dystrophic, surrounded by extensive mats of Sphagnum, and stratified in summer with anoxic hypolimnia.


Late 19th century: from Greek dus- 'bad' + -trophia 'nourishment' + -ic.

Words that rhyme with dystrophic

catastrophic, philosophic, strophic, theosophic, trophic

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Line breaks: dys|troph¦ic

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