leukodystrophy

noun
leu·ko·dys·tro·phy | \ˌlü-kō-ˈdi-strə-fē \
plural leukodystrophies

Definition of leukodystrophy 

: any of several genetically determined diseases characterized by progressive degeneration of myelin in the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves

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Most children with metachromatic leukodystrophy don’t survive beyond their 8th birthday. Vibhav Rangarajan, STAT, "The ‘cruel joke’ of compassionate use and right to try: Pharma companies don’t have to comply," 5 June 2018 Children with the most severe form of metachromatic leukodystrophy develop symptoms like trouble walking or poor muscle tone before the age of 30 months. Vibhav Rangarajan, STAT, "The ‘cruel joke’ of compassionate use and right to try: Pharma companies don’t have to comply," 5 June 2018 Their daughter Beatrice had leukodystrophy, a progressive disease of the brain that left her unable to walk or talk. Jim Stingl, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stingl: 'Victory in motion' — Widow with 9 kids graduates from Mount Mary and hopes to help other women," 1 June 2018 In 2013, Conte acted as the lawyer for the family of Sofia de Barros, a 4-year-old girl suffering from metachromatic leukodystrophy, an incurable disease of the nervous system. Luca Tancredi Barone, Science | AAAS, "Italy’s new prime minister defended discredited stem cell therapy," 24 May 2018 That was the day a neurologist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia explained how my 2-year-old daughter, Cal, had late infantile-onset metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD). Maria Kefalas, STAT, "How much would you pay for the miracle of gene therapy?," 3 May 2018 That’s about 30 times the mortality rate of the leukodystrophy that Kefalas’ daughter is battling. Helen Ubiñas, Philly.com, "Right now we're dealing with the rarest form of the gun-violence disease | Helen Ubiñas," 27 Mar. 2018 Italian gene therapy researchers have reported comparable results for a similar treatment given to young patients with the brain disease metachromatic leukodystrophy. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, "Gene therapy’s new hope: A neuron-targeting virus is saving infant lives," 1 Nov. 2017 Waggoner ordered tests that would tell them definitively whether Kenan had leukodystrophy and, if so, which kind. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "How Illinois bureaucracy robbed parents of a chance to save their children from a deadly disease," 4 Oct. 2017

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1960, in the meaning defined above

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leukodystrophy

noun
leu·ko·dys·tro·phy
variants: or chiefly British leucodystrophy \ˌlü-kō-ˈdis-trə-fē \
plural leukodystrophies

Medical Definition of leukodystrophy 

: any of several inherited diseases (as adrenoleukodystrophy) characterized by progressive degeneration of myelin in the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves

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