Definition of Becker muscular dystrophy
: a less severe form of Duchenne muscular dystrophy marked by later onset and slower progression of the disease —called also Beck·er's muscular dystrophy \-kərz-\
Origin and Etymology of becker muscular dystrophy
Peter Emil Becker †2000 German geneticist
First Known Use: 1972See Words from the same year
Becker's muscular dystrophy\-ərz-\play
Medical Definition of Becker muscular dystrophy
: a less severe form of Duchenne muscular dystrophy with later onset and slower progression of the disease that is inherited as an X-linked recessive trait and is characterized by dystrophin of deficient or abnormal molecular weight
Biographical Note for becker muscular dystrophy
Becker, P. E.,, 20th-century German human geneticist. Becker spent the earlier part of his career as a lecturer at the psychiatric and neurological clinic at the University of Freiberg. He went on to hold the post of Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Göttingen. He wrote numerous books and articles on human genetics, especially concerning hereditary myopathies and in particular myotonia. He was the first to recognize a benign X-linked recessive form of muscular dystrophy, publishing his first report in 1955.
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