my·​e·​lop·​a·​thy ˌmī-ə-ˈlä-pə-thē How to pronounce myelopathy (audio)
plural myelopathies
: a disease or disorder of the spinal cord or bone marrow
myelopathic adjective

Examples of myelopathy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The center was formed to help people who experience cervical myelopathy, a condition that results from compression of the spinal cord in the neck and can cause pain, stiffness in the neck or arms and loss of coordination in people suffering from it. Sarah Volpenhein, Journal Sentinel, 26 Feb. 2024 However, this sloped appearance can lead to issues with their hips such as degenerative myelopathy — a condition that begins with weakness in limbs and can progress to paralysis of both hind legs. Joshua Rapp Learn, Discover Magazine, 15 Dec. 2023 A vet diagnosed Bodza with degenerative myelopathy, a fatal disease that causes the progressive degeneration of a dog's spinal cord. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, 6 Mar. 2017

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Word History


myelo- + -pathy

First Known Use

circa 1891, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of myelopathy was circa 1891

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Cite this Entry

“Myelopathy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


my·​e·​lop·​a·​thy ˌmī-ə-ˈläp-ə-thē How to pronounce myelopathy (audio)
plural myelopathies
: any disease or disorder of the spinal cord or bone marrow
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