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

Examples of muscular dystrophy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Denise put on skits in the garage to raise money for muscular dystrophy research. CNN, "The last convicted Birmingham church bomber has died in prison," 26 June 2020 The area has changed much in the 60 years since Elaine's mother, Demaris Cash, opened the store to keep her family afloat following her husband's two heart attacks and her older daughter's diagnosis with muscular dystrophy. Andrea Perez Balderrama, Detroit Free Press, "Ann Arbor's Treasure Mart to close permanently in August," 17 June 2020 In one case, Georgieva said GEMM Core created mice with the same unique genetic mutation that caused muscular dystrophy in a young female patient to help study her disease and research treatment options. Amanda Morris, azcentral, "Mice can't catch COVID-19, so a UA lab is making new kind of mouse," 10 June 2020 Three patients with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy Type 2E who got the high dose of Sarepta’s SRP-9003 produced greater levels of the protein beta-sarcoglycan. Bailey Lipschultz,, "Sarepta gene therapy win helps to validate broader platform," 8 June 2020 Rylin Rodgers has two grown children with muscular dystrophy. Amy Silverman, New York Times, "The Right School Can Make All the Difference for a Child With Disabilities," 18 Apr. 2020 Diagnosed with muscular dystrophy as a child, Clemmons will major in nursing at U of L to join the profession that has helped her. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "Four seniors get JCPS employee-funded scholarships, hand-delivered to their homes," 20 May 2020 The deal is for Sarepta's experimental gene therapy for muscular dystrophy, a devastating muscle-wasting disorder, called SRP-9001. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Controversial Biotech Sarepta Keeps Up Unlikely Win Streak With $1.15 Billion Roche Deal," 23 Dec. 2019 There are many types of muscular dystrophy, since the term refers to any condition that causes muscle weakness by preventing proper muscle formation or function. Popular Science, "Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about muscles," 1 Jan. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'muscular dystrophy.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of muscular dystrophy

1886, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about muscular dystrophy

Time Traveler for muscular dystrophy

Time Traveler

The first known use of muscular dystrophy was in 1886

See more words from the same year

Statistics for muscular dystrophy

Last Updated

5 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Muscular dystrophy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for muscular dystrophy

muscular dystrophy


English Language Learners Definition of muscular dystrophy

medical : a serious disease that causes increasing weakness of muscles

muscular dystrophy


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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on muscular dystrophy

Spanish Central: Translation of muscular dystrophy

Nglish: Translation of muscular dystrophy for Spanish Speakers Encyclopedia article about muscular dystrophy

Comments on muscular dystrophy

What made you want to look up muscular dystrophy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt painting a young scholar and his tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!