Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Du·​chenne muscular dystrophy | \ dü-ˈshen- How to pronounce Duchenne muscular dystrophy (audio) , də- \

Definition of Duchenne muscular dystrophy

: a severe progressive X-linked muscular dystrophy of males marked by early childhood onset and absence of the protein dystrophin

called also Duchenne's muscular dystrophy

— compare becker muscular dystrophy

First Known Use of Duchenne muscular dystrophy

1971, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Guillaume Armand Duchenne †1875 French neurologist

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“Duchenne muscular dystrophy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Duchenne%20muscular%20dystrophy. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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Duchenne muscular dystrophy

variants: also Duchenne's muscular dystrophy

Medical Definition of Duchenne muscular dystrophy

: a severe progressive form of muscular dystrophy of males that appears in early childhood, affects the muscles of the legs before those of the arms and the proximal muscles of the limbs before the distal ones, is inherited as an X-linked recessive trait, is characterized by complete absence of the protein dystrophin, and usually has a fatal outcome by age 20 abbreviation DMD — see becker muscular dystrophy


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