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

Examples of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The people behind those names represent very different diagnoses, from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) to multiple sclerosis to cerebral palsy. Heather Wishart-smith, Forbes, 9 Aug. 2022 Former Detroit Lions safety William White has died after a six-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the team announced. Scooby Axson, USA TODAY, 29 July 2022 That trouble was diagnosed as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, A.L.S. (known as motor-neuron disease in Britain), an incurable neurodegenerative disease that results in the progressive loss of muscle function. Susan Orlean, The New Yorker, 26 July 2022 The immune system may play a fundamental role, along with the central nervous system, in causing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, suggests a new study by Mount Sinai researchers. cleveland, 28 June 2022 In November 2018, a doctor gave Martha Sepúlveda her diagnosis: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the progressive neurological disease known in the United States as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Washington Post, 8 Oct. 2021 Based on pre-clinical data, other therapies being pursued could eventually have utility against Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and MS, according to the company’s prospectus. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Oct. 2021 That could include people with brain injuries or conditions like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) or cerebral palsy, in which patients have insufficient muscle control to speak., 15 July 2021 Barkan was diagnosed in 2016 with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a terminal neurodegenerative disease also known as Lou Gehrig’s. Kk Ottesen, Washington Post, 1 June 2022 See More

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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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