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View in Spanish: Atrofia muscular

Muscle wasting (MUH-sul WAY-sting)
A weakening, shrinking, and loss of muscle caused by disease or lack of use. Muscle wasting decreases strength and the ability to move.



 
 
Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.