Duchenne muscular dystrophy

noun

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

Word History

Etymology

Guillaume Armand Duchenne †1875 French neurologist

First Known Use

1971, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Duchenne muscular dystrophy was in 1971

Dictionary Entries Near Duchenne muscular dystrophy

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Cite this Entry

“Duchenne muscular dystrophy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Duchenne%20muscular%20dystrophy. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

Duchenne muscular dystrophy

noun

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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