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What is the definition or description of: atrophy?

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Dr. Vicki Levine
40 years experience in Dermatology
Thin skin: Atrophy usually refers to the skin-as you get older or if you have had alot of sun in the past-the dermis (that is the layer below the top layer which is called the epidermis) gets thinner and the skin looks more wrinked. Muscles and fat can also get thinner -this is another form of atrophy. Even the top layer gets thinner contributing to more atrophy.
Answered on Jan 24, 2016
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