myotonic dystrophy


Definition of myotonic dystrophy

: a muscular disorder that is characterized by dystrophic muscle weakness and myotonia affecting multiple bodily systems and that is caused by an abnormally high number of repeats of a codon in the genetic material

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Recent Examples on the Web There are various management strategies to address myotonic dystrophy. Maggie O'neill,, 15 Apr. 2022 There are two types of myotonic dystrophy, a disease that affects the muscles and other body systems, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 13 Apr. 2022 Gottfried, 67, had type II myotonic dystrophy, a kind of muscular dystrophy, said his longtime friend and publicist, Glenn Schwartz. NBC News, 13 Apr. 2022 According to the National Institutes of Health, myotonic dystrophy is an inherited disease that affects the muscles. CBS News, 12 Apr. 2022 McNally said heart complications are common for the two types of myotonic dystrophy. NBC News, 13 Apr. 2022 The comedian's longtime friend and publicist Glenn Schwartz said in a statement that the comedian died of recurrent ventricular tachycardia due to myotonic dystrophy type II. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, 12 Apr. 2022 The telltale sign of myotonic dystrophy type 2 is muscle wasting and weakness. Maggie O'neill,, 15 Apr. 2022 In a statement, his longtime friend and publicist Glenn Schwartz confirmed that Gottfried died of recurrent ventricular tachycardia due to type 2 myotonic dystrophy. Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of myotonic dystrophy

1929, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of myotonic dystrophy

: an inherited condition that is characterized by delay in the ability to relax muscles after forceful contraction, wasting of muscles, formation of cataracts, premature baldness, atrophy of the gonads, endocrine and cardiac abnormalities, and often intellectual disability and that is inherited as an autosomal dominant trait abbreviation DM

called also Steinert's disease

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