Definition of dystrophic in English:



  • 1Medicine
    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.’
  • 2Ecology
    (of a lake) having brown acidic water that is low in oxygen and supports little life, owing to high levels of dissolved humus.

    Compare with eutrophic and oligotrophic
    • ‘Both ponds are dystrophic, surrounded by extensive mats of Sphagnum, and stratified in summer with anoxic hypolimnia.’


Late 19th century: from Greek dus- bad + -trophia nourishment + -ic.