Meaning of dystrophy in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdɪstrəfi/

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mass nounMedicine Veterinary Medicine
  • A disorder in which an organ or tissue of the body wastes away.

    ‘myotonic dystrophy’
    • ‘macular dystrophies damage the central portion of the retina’
    • ‘Fuchs' dystrophy is an inherited disease that affects the cornea - the transparent front surface of your eye.’
    • ‘The key breakthroughs in the mitochondrial disorders and Duchenne dystrophy had all been made by the early '90s, and yet a decade later, no effective treatments have yet emerged.’
    • ‘Muscular dystrophies are genetic disorders, usually progressive, which can lead to profound paralysis.’
    • ‘In addition, diseases resulting in impaired contraction of striated muscle, such as myasthenia gravis or myotonic dystrophies, may demonstrate similar abnormalities.’
    • ‘There are some people who have corneal dystrophies such as Fuchs who also have macular degeneration, and they can benefit from transplantation when the cornea becomes cloudy.’


Late 19th century from modern Latin dystrophia, from Greek dus- ‘bad’ + -trophia ‘nourishment’.