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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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 However, health conditions like cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy can also cause scoliosis, the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "Princess Eugenie Shares an X-Ray From Her Childhood Scoliosis Surgery on Instagram," 3 July 2018 Vice President Mike Pence was also a champion for the Right to Try legislation and teamed up with Indianapolis second grader Jordan McLinn, who is taking part in a clinical trial for a drug to treat his form of muscular dystrophy. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "Trump to sign 'big legislation' that Donnelly helped craft, including Right to Try bill," 24 May 2018 More people in the United States suffer from it than from multiple sclerosis or muscular dystrophy. Mike Candelaria,, "Chronic fatigue syndrome puts Central Florida woman on a mission to help," 11 May 2018 Scheier was inspired by her son Oliver, who has a form of muscular dystrophy. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "Designing “Adaptive Clothing” For Those With Special Needs," 8 May 2018

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1886, in the meaning defined above

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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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