One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the body parts which are no longer required gradually atrophy’
waste away, waste, become emaciated, wither, shrivel, shrivel up, shrink, become shrunken, dry up, decay, wilt
decline, deteriorate, degenerate, grow weak, weaken, become debilitated, become enfeebled
2‘in the final few days, the Labour campaign atrophied’
peter out, taper off, tail off, dwindle, deteriorate, decline, wane, fade, fade away, fade out, give in, give up, give way, crumble, disintegrate, collapse, slump, go downhill, draw to a close, subside
be neglected, be abandoned, be disregarded, be forgotten
1‘they located the gene that causes muscular atrophy’
wasting, wasting away, emaciation, withering, shrivelling, shrivelling up, shrinking, drying up, wilting, decaying, decay
declining, deteriorating, deterioration, degenerating, degeneration, weakening, debilitation, enfeeblement
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