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 The 26-year-old spent his life battling muscular dystrophy with his father by his side. CBS News, 29 June 2021 One door down in Unit 702, Ana Ortiz, her husband, Frankie Kleiman, and her son Luis Bermudez, who had muscular dystrophy, were making plans to attend a funeral Thursday for a family friend who died of covid-19, according to the Associated Press. Washington Post, 1 July 2021 Despite his battle with muscular dystrophy, 26-year-old Luis Bermudez, Jr. always found a reason to smile, his family said. Zoe Christen Jones, CBS News, 30 June 2021 According to the Miami Herald, Bermúdez had muscular dystrophy and used a wheelchair. Janine Puhak,, 28 June 2021 Andres was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy when he was born and suffered a stroke last year, Bermudez said. Faith Karimi, CNN, 28 June 2021 Patrick McClellan uses a 32-pill regimen each day to ease the suffering from his rare form of muscular dystrophy, which can feel like a charley horse that violently spreads across the lower half of his body. Star Tribune, 13 June 2021 In 2016, the agency gave the go-ahead to the first drug for muscular dystrophy despite its expert panel voting that a study in 12 patients had failed to show effectiveness. Matthew Perrone,, 7 June 2021 However, Sarepta has a large pipeline with 42 programs, and SRP-9003, used to treat a type of muscular dystrophy, could potentially be a blockbuster treatment, after the company announced positive results from clinical trials. Trefis Team, Forbes, 18 May 2021

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First Known Use of muscular dystrophy

1886, in the meaning defined above

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18 Jul 2021

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“Muscular dystrophy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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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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