Duchenne muscular dystrophy


Du·​chenne muscular dystrophy dü-ˈshen- How to pronounce Duchenne muscular dystrophy (audio)
: 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

Examples of Duchenne muscular dystrophy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That was a given, even before the Food and Drug Administration expanded approval of the company’s Duchenne muscular dystrophy drug on Thursday. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, 21 June 2024 Yet a major benefit is that the gene therapy provides another option for people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and it’s administered just once. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, 20 June 2024 Gene therapy for muscular dystrophy The Food and Drug Administration approved gene therapy for children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, said NPR. Harold Maass, The Week Us, theweek, 18 Apr. 2024 Originally scheduled for November 5th 2023, a group of online publications and collectors had started to ask uncomfortable questions on social media about how the €100 million already raised was being used to fund research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Sophie Furley, Robb Report, 10 May 2024 New treatments for Duchenne muscular dystrophy may not only lengthen the lives of people living with it but also improve the health and quality of life of their caregivers; and by keeping kids out of wheelchairs treatment may forestall, or avoid, the need for costly home modifications. Jason Shafrin, STAT, 6 May 2024 In the 1960s, Dr. Jerry Mendell saw his first patient with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Jerry Mendell, TIME, 2 May 2024 The scientist hopes that the research will one day lead to treatments for rare genetic disorders such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy and inherited Alzheimer’s disease. Ed Cara / Gizmodo, Quartz, 2 Apr. 2024 The agency has used a flexible approach in recent years to approve drugs for particularly devastating conditions such as ALS, Alzheimer’s and Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a fatal disease that causes the muscles of young boys to waste away. Daniel Gilbert, Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2024

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Word History


Guillaume Armand Duchenne †1875 French neurologist

First Known Use

1971, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Duchenne muscular dystrophy was in 1971

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“Duchenne muscular dystrophy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Duchenne%20muscular%20dystrophy. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

Duchenne muscular dystrophy

variants also Duchenne's 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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