Definition of abiotrophy in English:

abiotrophy

noun

Medicine
  • Premature degeneration of cells or tissue (now usually within the central nervous system), especially when hereditary or otherwise independent of external factors; an instance of this; any condition characterized by this.

Origin

Early 20th century; earliest use found in William Richard Gowers (1845–1915), physician. From a- + Hellenistic Greek βιοτρόϕος life-sustaining (from ancient Greek βίο- + -τροϕος, combining form from an ablaut variant of the base of τρέϕειν to nourish: see tropho-) + -y. See quot. 1902.

Pronunciation:

abiotrophy

/ˌeɪbʌɪˈɒtrəfi/