my·​op·​a·​thy | \ mī-ˈä-pə-thē How to pronounce myopathy (audio) \
plural myopathies

Definition of myopathy

: a disorder of muscle tissue or muscles

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myopathic \ ˌmī-​ə-​ˈpa-​thik How to pronounce myopathic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of myopathy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Andy Welter was born with myotubular myopathy, a muscle disorder that causes problems with the tone and contraction of skeletal muscles, according to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "High school was hard, then Farmington football captains ‘changed senior year’," 27 Sep. 2019 Dermatomyositis in general is a disorder that affects one’s muscles, and belongs to a group of conditions called inflammatory myopathies. Maggie O'neill,, "The Large, Painful Sores on This Man's Hands Were Caused By An Extremely Rare Inflammatory Disease," 31 July 2019 Already, diseases such as night blindness and myopathy are affecting horses, experts say. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "Speedy horses evolved only recently, says landmark equine study," 2 May 2019 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

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First Known Use of myopathy

circa 1849, in the meaning defined above

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17 Nov 2019

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The first known use of myopathy was circa 1849

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my·​op·​a·​thy | \ mī-ˈäp-ə-thē How to pronounce myopathy (audio) \
plural myopathies

Medical Definition of myopathy

: a disorder of muscle tissue or muscles

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