amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

amyo·​tro·​phic lateral sclerosis | \ ˌā-ˌmī-ə-ˈtrō-fik- How to pronounce amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (audio) , -ˈträ- How to pronounce amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (audio) \

Definition of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

: a rare progressive degenerative fatal disease affecting the motor neurons, usually beginning in middle age, and characterized especially by increasing and spreading muscular weakness and atrophy abbreviation ALS

called also Lou Gehrig's disease

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Researchers are studying stem cell treatments for an array of problems, including heart failure, brain cancer and neurodegenerative diseases like ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. William Wan, Washington Post, "What you should know about stem cells, from promising research to dubious uses," 30 Apr. 2018 Clark died Monday at 61 after a lengthy battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Heather Tucker, USA TODAY, "Tom Brady posts message to Instagram about Dwight Clark and 'The Catch'," 4 June 2018 The cause was amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, said his wife, Jill Dickey. Washington Post, "The story must be told.," 22 Jan. 2018 When Sara Hankins, 36, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) last year, Armstrong was there by her side, as always. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "A Dying Mom's Best Friend Plans to Adopt All Four of Her Children," 19 Dec. 2016 The scientists also hope to use the hybrid embryos to find cures for other complex diseases caused in part by mutant genes, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and Alzheimer’s. David Cox /, NBC News, "Why scientists created a human-chicken hybrid embryo," 6 June 2018 He was diagnosed with bulbar-onset amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — an aggressive form of ALS, the incurable motor-neuron illness better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. San Francisco Chronicle, "Sung from the heart: How a grim diagnosis created beautiful music," 12 May 2018 Hunter, the pitching anchor on Oakland’s three straight World Series championship teams in the ‘70s and the winner of the 1974 Cy Young Award, died at 53 in 1999 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Lou Gehrig’s disease. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, "Recalling Catfish Hunter’s perfect game and historic day at plate, 50 years later," 4 May 2018 Paul Cellucci, 69th governor of Massachusetts, died from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 65., "This day in history," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

1875, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

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Medical Definition of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

: a rare fatal progressive degenerative disease that affects pyramidal motor neurons, usually begins in middle age, and is characterized especially by increasing and spreading muscular weakness abbreviation ALS

called also Lou Gehrig's disease

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