amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

amyo·​tro·​phic lateral sclerosis | \ˌā-ˌmī-ə-ˈtrō-fik-, -ˈträ- \

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 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 This local health documentary focuses on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and its effects on athletes and veterans in particular. Angel Guerrero, sacbee, "How you can see new documentary on ALS featuring Dwight Clark for free in Sacramento," 8 June 2018 Created to raise awareness and funds for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the rules were as follows: soak yourself (or have someone else soak you) with a bucket of ice water, whilst being filmed. Hannah Chubb, Marie Claire, "Hashtag Activism: A Timeline," 24 May 2018 In 2015, Wendler died from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ron Johnson's 'right-to-try' bill passes House and goes to Donald Trump for signature," 22 May 2018 What the physicist said about the creation of the universe Diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)—also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease—at the age of 21, doctors expected Hawking to live for only two years. Maria Vultaggio, Newsweek, "What Is Stephen Hawking’s Cause of Death? Physicist Dies at 76," 14 Mar. 2018

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1875, in the meaning defined above

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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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