Becker muscular dystrophy

noun Beck·er muscular dystrophy \ ˈbe-kər- \

Definition of Becker muscular dystrophy

: a less severe form of Duchenne muscular dystrophy marked by later onset and slower progression of the disease called also Beck·er's muscular dystrophy play \-kərz-\

Origin and Etymology of becker muscular dystrophy

Peter Emil Becker †2000 German geneticist


Medical Dictionary

Becker muscular dystrophy

noun Beck·er muscular dystrophy \ ˈbek-ər- \
variants: or Becker's muscular dystrophy play \-ərz-\

medical Definition of Becker muscular dystrophy

: a less severe form of Duchenne muscular dystrophy with later onset and slower progression of the disease that is inherited as an X-linked recessive trait and is characterized by dystrophin of deficient or abnormal molecular weight

Biographical Note for becker muscular dystrophy

  • Becker, P. E., 20th-century German human geneticist. Becker spent the earlier part of his career as a lecturer at the psychiatric and neurological clinic at the University of Freiberg. He went on to hold the post of Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Göttingen. He wrote numerous books and articles on human genetics, especially concerning hereditary myopathies and in particular myotonia. He was the first to recognize a benign X-linked recessive form of muscular dystrophy, publishing his first report in 1955.

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