muscular dystrophy


Definition of muscular dystrophy

: any of a group of hereditary diseases characterized by progressive wasting of muscles — compare becker muscular dystrophy, duchenne muscular dystrophy

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Many others who have tried Cyberdyne products haven’t seen such breakthrough results, but Sankai believes his robotic suits could be effective in restoring motor functions in patients with such crippling diseases as muscular dystrophy and polio. Los Angeles Times, "Desperate for workers, aging Japan turns to robots for healthcare," 25 July 2019 Dee Dee had told their community that Gypsy was a terminally ill teen with the mind of a 7-year-old who suffered from muscular dystrophy, leukemia and other ailments. Rachel Desantis,, "Nick Godejohn Says Gypsy Rose Blanchard Was His ‘Soulmate’ in New Prison Interview," 9 July 2019 During the girl's hospitalization at Children's, Newman told the medical staff that her daughter had been diagnosed with dysautonomia, muscular dystrophy, mitochondrial disease, hypertension and hypotension, and severe dysmotility. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mom bound for trial in case of 10-year-old who police say received unnecessary medical procedures based on false health information," 10 June 2019 Alzheimer’s disease, Crohn’s disease, Type I and Type II diabetes, fibromyalgia, spinal cord injury, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, Parkinson’s disease, peripheral neuropathy and rheumatoid arthritis. Michael Hiltzik,, "Judge approves class action case against clinic peddling unproven stem cell therapy," 1 July 2019 In the experiments, golden retrievers are bred to have a crippling form of muscular dystrophy that leaves them struggling to walk, swallow and breathe. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Paul McCartney Urges Texas A&M University to Stop Using Dogs for Experiments," 26 June 2019 But in January 2016, Mark was diagnosed with ALS, a type of muscular dystrophy sometimes called Lou Gehrig's disease. Lin Sue Cooney, azcentral, "Lin Sue Cooney: Hospice volunteer helps chef stay in the kitchen," 23 June 2019 Behind her was a large photo of Mattie, her son who died at the age of 13 from a rare form of muscular dystrophy. Laurel Demkovich, Washington Post, "Fifteen years after her son died, Jeni Stepanek focuses on spreading Mattie’s message," 22 June 2019 Some researchers believe bear bile (or synthetic substitutes) have more untapped potential, including in treatments for muscular dystrophy and for bedridden patients who lose muscle mass rapidly. National Geographic, "Bear bile, explained," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of muscular dystrophy

1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of muscular dystrophy was in 1886

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English Language Learners Definition of muscular dystrophy

medical : a serious disease that causes increasing weakness of muscles

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Medical Definition of muscular dystrophy

: any of a group of hereditary diseases characterized by progressive wasting of muscles

called also progressive muscular dystrophy

— see becker muscular dystrophy, duchenne muscular dystrophy

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