One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Affected by or relating to dystrophy, especially muscular dystrophy.
- ‘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.’
- ‘I don't know that embryonic stem cell research will do any good for dystrophic patients.’
- ‘The success rate for patients with dystrophic disorders of the hand, however, is low.’
Late 19th century: from Greek dus- ‘bad’ + -trophia ‘nourishment’ + -ic.
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