muscular dystrophy

noun

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

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Last month, the Food and Drug Administration granted permission for his younger brother Terry, 27, who lives with muscular dystrophy, to receive a first-of-its-kind gene therapy that was tailor-made for his genetic mutation. Ryan Cross — The Boston Globe, STAT, 22 Aug. 2022 Brandon McConnell, who has muscular dystrophy, loves to swim, ride horseback and sing karaoke with friends at summer camp. Michael Quintanilla, San Antonio Express-News, 2 Sep. 2022 Last month, the Food and Drug Administration granted permission for his younger brother Terry, 27, who lives with muscular dystrophy, to receive a first-of-its-kind gene therapy that was tailor-made for his genetic mutation. Ryan Cross — The Boston Globe, STAT, 22 Aug. 2022 Last month, the Food and Drug Administration granted permission for his younger brother Terry, 27, who lives with muscular dystrophy, to receive a first-of-its-kind gene therapy that was tailor-made for his genetic mutation. Ryan Cross — The Boston Globe, STAT, 22 Aug. 2022 Last month, the Food and Drug Administration granted permission for his younger brother Terry, 27, who lives with muscular dystrophy, to receive a first-of-its-kind gene therapy that was tailor-made for his genetic mutation. Ryan Cross, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Aug. 2022 Comedian Gilbert Gottfried died Tuesday in Manhattan due to complications from muscular dystrophy, according to his friend and publicist Glenn Schwartz. Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2022 Duchenne, a genetic disorder, is the most common and severe form of muscular dystrophy according to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Caroline Catherman, Orlando Sentinel, 5 July 2022 Among those making the cut was Morgan Hoffman, who has been battling facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (which has atrophied his pectoral muscles) since 2016. Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, 27 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of muscular dystrophy was in 1886

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“Muscular dystrophy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/muscular%20dystrophy. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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Medical Definition

muscular dystrophy

noun

: 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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Last Updated: 16 Sep 2022

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