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Originally appearing in Volume V02, Page 877 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ATROPOS, in Greek mythology, the eldest of the three Fates (see FATE). Her name, the " Unalterable " (d- privative, and -rpir&v, to turn), indicates her function, that of rendering the decisions of her sisters irreversible or immutable. Atropos is most frequently represented with scales, a sun-dial or a cutting instrument, the " abhorred shears," with which she slits the thin-spun thread of life that has been placed on the spindle by Clotho and drawn off by Lachesis.
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ATROPHY (Gr. It- priv., rpo4, nourishment)

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