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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Recent Examples on the Web Texas’s medical cannabis program is intended for patients diagnosed with terminal cancer, intractable epilepsy, seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis, spasticity, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, autism, or an incurable neurodegenerative disease. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Texas to loosen marijuana restrictions under bill passed in House," 1 May 2021 Also, the company initiated phase 3 trials of ION363, the first medicine to target FUS-ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). Trefis Team, Forbes, "Can Ionis Pharmaceuticals Stock See A Rebound After Falling 28% YTD?," 20 Apr. 2021 Before her father started displaying early symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2016, Trott was a 19-year-old sophomore studying journalism at the University of Missouri. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From caregiver to spokeswoman: Former ‘Bachelor’ contestant speaks out for ALS," 16 Mar. 2021 According to Target ALS, a nonprofit medical research foundation, all proceeds from ticket sales and donations will fund research for treatments of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Mary Colurso |, al, "Rebecca Luker tribute to feature Broadway stars, raise money for ALS," 12 Mar. 2021 His wife, Carla Hendra, said the cause was amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, often known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, which was first diagnosed in 2019. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Tony Hendra, a Multiplatform Humorist, Is Dead at 79," 5 Mar. 2021 Gehrig died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known as ALS, on June 2, 1941. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "MLB to begin annual Lou Gehrig Day memorial: Report," 4 Mar. 2021 Those with Lou Gehrig's disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, "Ohio phase 1C vaccines: Who is eligible, how to register, can you choose a vaccine," 2 Mar. 2021 Since his early 20s, Hawking had lived with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a disease in which motor neurons die, leaving the brain incapable of controlling muscles. Davide Castelvecchi, Scientific American, "Life of a Legend," 14 Mar. 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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8 May 2021

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“Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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