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to become lower in quality, character, or condition

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a decrease in size of an organ caused by disease or disuse

any weakening or degeneration (especially through lack of use)

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As pleased as we were to see that losartan therapy in mice had a positive effect on muscle regeneration, we were most surprised and excited by its striking prevention of disuse atrophy," added Cohn.
If we could discover the genetic and molecular basis for this protection, and for the mechanisms that underlie the reduction in metabolic demand, there is the possibility that we could derive new therapies and medicines to use on humans to prevent osteoporosis, disuse atrophy of muscle, or even to place injured people in a type of suspended or reduced animation until they can be delivered to advanced medical care -- extending the golden hour to a golden day or a golden week.
This could also be attributed to disuse atrophy of skeletal muscles sduring immobilization11.
The parties have suffered disuse atrophy of their skills for not being able to exercise real political work through the past two decades, the era in which the abhorrent totalitarian regime dominated on power.
It's the use and disuse atrophy syndrome, much like the shriveling of muscles when not used--you observe it in patients whose limbs are cast in plaster for two or three months.