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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In addition to being told she had leukemia, muscular dystrophy and epilepsy, Gypsy Rose Blanchard never even knew her real age. Alexis Jones, Marie Claire, "How Gypsy Rose Blanchard's Age Remained a Mystery Her Whole Life," 22 Mar. 2019 Louisiana passed its law in 2016 allowing the use of medicinal marijuana for people with cancer, a severe form of cerebral palsy, epilepsy, muscular dystrophy, HIV/AIDS, and other specific diseases. Maria Clark,, "Medical marijuana is coming to Louisiana. But will any doctors recommend it?," 27 Apr. 2018 For years, Dee Dee duped family, friends, and even the media, into thinking her daughter was afflicted with a long list of ailments, including leukemia and muscular dystrophy. Rose Minutaglio, Good Housekeeping, "Gypsy Rose Blanchard: A Look Back at Her Surreal Childhood and the Mother She Murdered," 6 Nov. 2018 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

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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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