tropho-, troph-, -trophy, -trophs, -trophically, -trophic, -trophous
(Greek: food, nutrition, nourishment; development)
Don't confuse this tropho-, -trophy element with tropo-, meaning "turn, turning," etc.
2. Describing disease processes presumed to be a result of the progressive loss of vitality of certain tissues or organs leading to physical disorders or the loss of bodily functions.
2. Progressive loss of vitality of certain tissues or organs leading to disorders or losses of functions: The abiotrophy of the heart may be appreciably shorter than that of other organs of the body which can lead to early disturbances in activities that upset other bodily organs.
2. Rendered non-nutritious by the process of digestion.
3. Plants that are dependent upon other organisms for nutrition; heterotrophic; said of plants unable to perform photosynthesis, as all saprophytes; the opposite of autotrophic.
2. Having an altered nutritive value so as to become less nutritious.
3. Referring to the influx of nutrients into a body of water or ecosystem from outside.
There are numerous causes for the amyotrophias of muscles; including, chronic malnutrition, immobilizations, and denervation which is a loss of nerve supplies that may be caused by a disease; for example, in polio where the death of motor neurons causes the denervation of muscle fibers.
2. An agent that promotes the restoration of withered, or shriveled body structures.
"The musician's lack of sufficient training revealed his atrophied talent."2. With reference to a part of the body, to be reduced in size and therefore strength, or, more generally, to become weaker: "After months of sitting in front of the computer playing games for several hours each day, it was obvious that she had developed atrophied leg muscles which considerabliy handicapped her."
3. In pathology, a wasting or decrease in size of a body organ, tissue, or part because of disease, injury, or lack of use: "Paralysis of the teenager was the cause of his atrophied muscular condition."
4. A wasting away, deterioration, or diminution: "She was told that her atrophied intelligence was a result of not stimulating her mind enough."