multiple sclerosis

noun

Definition of multiple sclerosis

: a demyelinating disease marked by patches of hardened tissue in the brain or the spinal cord and associated especially with partial or complete paralysis and jerking muscle tremor

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Choquette, 54, had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2009 and given a prescription for gabapentin before he was imprisoned in 2011 for the murder of a Forks man that Choquette believed was physically abusing a female friend. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Washington prison inmate awarded $549,000 after he’s denied pain medication for multiple sclerosis," 7 Nov. 2018 The support group is for community members with multiple sclerosis and their families and caregivers. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Blue Star families honored," 13 July 2018 Former Texas congresswoman Barbara Jordan mentored future leaders while coping with the effects of multiple sclerosis. Ola Ojewumi, SELF, "I'm Celebrating My Disabled Black Girl Magic Because I'm Done Feeling Invisible," 7 Nov. 2018 Shebib’s battle with multiple sclerosis, and even Drake’s own mother Sandi Graham — by name (!!!). Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Pusha T Accuses Drake of Having an Illegitimate Child in Scathing New Diss Track," 30 May 2018 Samantha lives with multiple sclerosis, and regularly posts about her half-sister on social media, despite being estranged from her since 2008. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything We Know About Meghan Markle’s Family," 4 May 2018 Roche became a leader in categories like oncology and multiple sclerosis during Mr. O’Day’s tenure, in part thanks to a series of acquisitions. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Gilead Looks Outside to Revive Growth," 10 Dec. 2018 Amphlett died of breast cancer in 2013 while concurrently battling multiple sclerosis. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Serena Williams Just Dropped a Music Video for Breast Cancer Awareness Month," 29 Sep. 2018 Other conditions involving the nervous system—shingles, multiple sclerosis, and diabetes, to name a few—can also trigger an itching or tingling, too. Ratika Gupta, SELF, "An Allergist Explains Why You Might Be Itchy All Over, Even Though You Don’t Have a Rash," 13 Sep. 2018

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1885, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of multiple sclerosis was in 1885

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multiple sclerosis

noun

English Language Learners Definition of multiple sclerosis

medical : a disease of the nervous system that causes the gradual loss of muscle control

multiple sclerosis

noun

Medical Definition of multiple sclerosis

: a demyelinating disease marked by patches of hardened tissue in the brain or the spinal cord and associated especially with partial or complete paralysis and jerking muscle tremor

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