Lou Gehrig's disease


Lou Geh·​rig's disease ˌlü-ˈger-igz- How to pronounce Lou Gehrig's disease (audio)

Examples of Lou Gehrig's disease in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Randall's family released a statement on Monday confirming that the photographer died following a private three-year bout with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease), an incurable neurological condition that weakens muscles and severely limits bodily functions. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 8 Aug. 2023 Know also as Lou Gehrig's disease, ALS affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, causing loss of muscle control that often begins with spasms and weakness in the hands, feet, arms or legs. Dave Quinn, Peoplemag, 2 Feb. 2024 Hosted by Jane Pauley COVER STORY: Fighting the good fight against ALS Brian Wallach has beaten the odds after being diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease). David Morgan, CBS News, 24 Nov. 2023 In June 2019, Chris, 42, was diagnosed with the progressive neurodegenerative disease ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — better known as Lou Gehrig's disease — shortly after being named to his current role with the Flames, according to TSN. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 28 Sep. 2023 Federal health advisers voted overwhelmingly against an experimental treatment for Lou Gehrig's disease at a Wednesday meeting prompted by years of patient efforts seeking access to the unproven therapy. CBS News, 27 Sep. 2023 It is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, for the legendary New York Yankees player who was stricken with it in the late 1930s. Sara Moniuszko, CBS News, 8 Aug. 2023 In December of 2021, Lamm's wife, Polly, the mother of their two sons, died from ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. David Begnaud, CBS News, 6 June 2023 Because of his notoriety, ALS is often called Lou Gehrig's disease. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 2 June 2023

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Word History


Lou Gehrig †1941 American baseball player who suffered from the disease

First Known Use

1958, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Lou Gehrig's disease was in 1958

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Lou Gehrig's disease

Lou Geh·​rig's disease ˌlü-ˌge(ə)r-igz-, -ˌga(ə)r- How to pronounce Lou Gehrig's disease (audio)
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