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Used metaphorically to describe neglect in various contexts, not only physical. SlideHis passion for painting atrophied after years in a stressful job.
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Conveys a sense of loss or deterioration; may evoke sympathy or concern. SlideWithout practice, her singing voice atrophied, which saddened her fans.
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'Atrophy' implies a slow decline, not something that happens suddenly. SlideNeglected friendships may atrophy over years of disconnection.