Atrophy vs Downgrade - What's the difference?

atrophy | downgrade |


As nouns the difference between atrophy and downgrade

is that atrophy is (pathology) a reduction in the functionality of an organ caused by disease, injury or lack of use while downgrade is a reduction of a rating, as a financial or credit rating.

As verbs the difference between atrophy and downgrade

is that atrophy is to wither or waste away while downgrade is to place lower in position.

atrophy

Noun

(atrophies)
  • (pathology) A reduction in the functionality of an organ caused by disease, injury or lack of use.
  • Verb

    (en-verb)
  • To wither or waste away.
  • To cause to waste away or become abortive; to starve or weaken.
  • Antonyms

    * hypertrophy * strengthen

    See also

    * hypotrophy

    downgrade

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A reduction of a rating, as a financial or credit rating.
  • Verb

    (downgrad)
  • To place lower in position.
  • The stock was downgraded from 'buy' to 'sell'.
  • To 'dumb down', reduce in complexity, or remove unnecessary parts.
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  • (meteorology) to reduce the official estimate of a storm's intensity.
  • (computing) To revert software back to an older version.
  • Synonyms

    * degrade * demote * defame * reduce * revert * ruin