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.

abiatrophy (s) (noun), abiatrophies (pl)
The progressive loss of vitality of certain tissues or organs leading to disorders or loss of function; applied especially to degenerative hereditary diseases .
abiotrophia (s) (noun), abiotrophias (pl)
Degeneration or the loss of physical vitality or ability.
abiotrophic (adjective), more abiotrophic, most abiotrophic
1. A reference to the physical degeneration or the loss of vitality.
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.
abiotrophy (s) (noun), abiotrophies (pl)
1. The loss of vitality in or the degeneration of certain cells or tissues, as in the aging process; physical degeneration; loss of vitality: The loss of functions or vitality in an organism or in cells or tissues which is not a result of any apparent injury; for example, senile dementia and related abiotrophies.
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.
acardiotrophia (s) (noun), acardiotrophias (pl)
The degeneration of the myocardium or the wasting away of the muscles of the heart.
allogotrophia (s) (noun), allogotrophias (pl)
Growth or nourishment of one part or tissue at the expense of another part of the body; as in certain neoplasms.
allotrophia (s) (noun), allotrophias (pl)
1. Changed or modified in nutritive power by the process of digestion.
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.
allotrophic (adjective)
1. A reference to obtaining nourishment from another organism or organisms.
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.
allotrophic lake (s) (noun), allotrophic lakes (pl)
A lake receiving organic materials by drainage from the surrounding land.
amyotrophia (s) (noun), amyotrophias (pl)
Lacking in muscle size and number of muscle fibers that takes place with aging, reduction in blood supply, or following physical inactivity, and malnutrition: The amyotrophia that anyone has is often a progressive deficiency of muscle tissue; especially, because that person doesn't move around and use his or her muscles.

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.

amyotrophy (s) (noun), amyotrophies (pl)
Muscular degeneration or away or the wasting away of the muscles.
anemotrophy (s) (noun), anemotrophies (pl)
A lack of necessary nutrients or substances to make healthy blood: Muriel's anemotrophy resulted in the development of anemia (low red-blood cell counts) because of insufficient production of red blood cells by her bone marrow.
antatrophic (adjective)
1. Preventing or curing the failure of an organ or part to grow or to develop.
2. An agent that promotes the restoration of withered, or shriveled body structures.
atrophied (adjective)
1. Exhibiting or affected by being wasted, withered, or shriveled: "Because of the pain, the patient had an atrophied arm."

"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."
atrophoderma (s) (noun), atrophodermas (pl)
A wasting away of the skin that may occur either in certain localized areas or in bigger sections of the body.

Cross references of word families that are related directly, or indirectly, to: "food, nutrition, nourishment": alimento-; broma-; carno-; cibo-; esculent-; sitio-; Eating Crawling Snacks; Eating: Carnivorous-Plant "Pets"; Eating: Folivory or Leaf Eaters; Eating: Omnivorous.