my·​op·​a·​thy | \mī-ˈä-pə-thē \
plural myopathies

Definition of myopathy 

: a disorder of muscle tissue or muscles

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myopathic \ ˌmī-​ə-​ˈpa-​thik \ adjective

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The 31-year-old woman was suffering a condition called inflammatory myopathy, which affected her left leg and caused pain severe enough to disrupt her sleep. Alice Park, Time, "Doctors Think a Woman's Tattoo May Have Been Causing Her Severe Leg Pain," 20 June 2018 Götze battled myopathy, a muscle illness, last season, missing a lot of time. Victor Mather, New York Times, "World Cup 2018: The Big Names Missing Out," 21 May 2018 However, at the start of 2017, a rare metabolic issue called myopathy ruled Götze out of action for some time., "From World Cup Hero to Squad Exclusion: The Sad Fall of Germany's Golden Boy Mario Götze," 15 May 2018 The death, from myopathy, a neuromuscular disorder, was announced by the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent. Jonathan Kandell, New York Times, "Pierre Bergé, Transformative Fashion Executive and Opera Czar, Dies at 86," 8 Sep. 2017 Ariella Botts, 5, of East Hartford, was born with a severe muscular disorder called nemaline myopathy that requires round the clock care from a visiting nurse. Dan Haar,, "Dan Haar: Patients Stuck In Hospital Beds Due To Medicaid Home-Care Cut," 23 Aug. 2017 Aiken was born with two rare genetic conditions, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and congenital myopathy. Angela Shoemaker, The Courier-Journal, "Area wrestlers go to the mat to help girl, 5, get new wheelchair for Disney World trip," 14 Aug. 2017 Dr. Michio Hirano, a neurologist at Columbia University Medical Center in New York who specializes in myopathies and other neuromuscular diseases, has developed an experimental therapy that has been used on at least one American patient. Victoria Knight, CNN, "His son tried the experimental treatment Charlie Gard's parents want," 18 July 2017 Blanton said Shkreli founded Retrophin after learning that a friend of Blanton's had lost a son to a rare disease, myotubular myopathy, and vowed to find a cure. Reuters, Fortune, "Investor In Martin Shkreli’s Fund Says He Made Millions Despite Being Lied To," 5 July 2017

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circa 1849, in the meaning defined above

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my·​op·​a·​thy | \mī-ˈäp-ə-thē \
plural myopathies

Medical Definition of myopathy 

: a disorder of muscle tissue or muscles

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