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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The cards were stolen from Answer ALS, an organization created to bring together all the efforts to eradicate amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, according to Capt. Michelle Hunter,, "Credit cards stolen from ALS non-profit linked to Steve Gleason foundation: JPSO," 25 June 2019 But astrocytes also play a role in neurodegenerative conditions such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease), and they are suspected of contributing to neurodevelopmental disorders. Quanta Magazine, "The Oldest Mini-Brains Have Lifelike Young Cells," 29 Aug. 2017 In March, Lehner and his team posted a preprint on the bioRxiv server describing its use to learn how an RNA-binding protein called TDP-43 may cause the neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Mutant genes could supercharge efforts to decipher protein structures," 18 June 2019 Though suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, Hawking stunned doctors by living with the normally fatal illness for more than 50 years., "Stephen Hawking's Former Nurse Barred From Practicing After Misconduct Charges," 12 Mar. 2019 Frates, who played baseball for St. John’s Prep and Boston College, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2012. Matt Doherty,, "Xaverian tops St. John’s Prep baseball at Fenway Park," 22 Apr. 2018 Zhang believes Verge will have a drug for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in clinical trials within five years. Kevin Maney, Newsweek, "AI Promises Life-Changing Alzheimer's Drug Breakthrough," 29 Jan. 2018 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

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First Known Use of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

1875, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

a- entry 2 + my- + -trophic

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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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