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A parent who has lost a child.

Origin: a morphed conjugate of the gender neutralized prefix for parentage "Atri-" (from Patri- or Matri-), and the word orphan, which comes from the Latin word Orbus meaning "deprived of a parent or child."

See also: widow
Person: are you a parent?
Atrophan: I used to be, now I'm an atrophan :(
Person: oh man I'm sorry, how did they die?
Atrophan: paragliding accident.
by jollyadamroger November 23, 2015
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