Atrophy

What is Atrophy?

Atrophy meaning A decrease in muscle bulk due to a lack of exercise, as when a limb is in a cast for a prolonged period. Stimulation of nerves with a mild electric current can keep muscular tissue viable until full activity can return. In severe cases, the muscle fibers are actually lost and replaced with connective tissue.Opposite of hypertrophy.

 

reference: national Cancer Institute – Glossary for Registrars

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