Definition of dystrophy in English:

dystrophy

Line breaks: dys|trophy
Pronunciation: /ˈdɪstrəfi
 
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noun

[mass noun] Medicine & Veterinary Medicine
  • A disorder in which an organ or tissue of the body wastes away: myotonic dystrophy [count noun]: macular dystrophies damage the central portion of the retina See also muscular dystrophy.
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    • 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.

Origin

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

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