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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Swimming with sharks at England’s Blue Planet Aquarium is a popular charity event in the United Kingdom that has raised money for disabled children and people with muscular dystrophy. Hilary Potkewitz, WSJ, "They’ll Donate More to Charity if You Try to Climb Everest," 13 Aug. 2018 The Orlando Sentinel reported that Rickey Wheeler, a 17-year-old teen from Orlando who has been diagnosed with muscular dystrophy and requires medication, went missing on Friday, September 21, with only a water bottle. Sarah Mearhoff, Teen Vogue, "A Bloodhound Found Florida Teen Rickey Wheeler, Who Was Missing for 4 Days," 27 Sep. 2018 Meeting #WellChildAwards Winner Cameron, aged 16, born with a rare form of muscular dystrophy, and spent most of his first three years in hospital. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Had the Sweetest Moments with Kids at the WellChild Awards," 4 Sep. 2018 The list of medical conditions that can be treated with medical marijuana is also limited to cancer, HIV/AIDS, epilepsy, muscular dystrophy and Crohn's Disease. Maria Clark,, "The cannabis industry's largest conference heads to New Orleans next week: Here's what to expect," 3 May 2018 Others include the gastrointestinal condition Crohn’s Disease, pain associated with HIV/AIDS, seizures, and muscular dystrophy. Maria Clark,, "Could medical marijuana treat severe autism? Some Louisiana parents believe it can help," 25 Apr. 2018 Megan has myotonic dystrophy, a form of muscular dystrophy that affects muscles and other organs in the body. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Lake Michigan fishery takes on a special shine for annual USSA outing," 23 June 2018 Ali has muscular dystrophy — a genetic disease that causes progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass — which has featured prominently on the show. Alexia Fernandez,, "Teen Mom's Leah Messer Reveals She Slept with Ex-Husband Jeremy Calvert: 'It Happened Once'," 19 June 2018 Louisiana's medical marijuana bill approved in 2016 allowed the use of medical marijuana to treat certain conditions, including HIV/AIDS, Crohn's disease, muscular dystrophy and epilepsy. Maria Clark,, "Medical marijuana bill to treat PTSD, chronic pain, and Parkinson's heads to the state senate," 12 Apr. 2018

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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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