myotonic dystrophy

noun

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

Examples of myotonic dystrophy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Megan has myotonic dystrophy, a form of muscular dystrophy that affects muscles and other organs in the body. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Lake Michigan fishery takes on a special shine for annual USSA outing," 23 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'myotonic dystrophy.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of myotonic dystrophy

1929, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about myotonic dystrophy

Dictionary Entries near myotonic dystrophy

Myotis

myotome

myotonia

myotonic dystrophy

myoxine

Myoxus

my pleasure

Statistics for myotonic dystrophy

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for myotonic dystrophy

The first known use of myotonic dystrophy was in 1929

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for myotonic dystrophy

myotonic dystrophy

noun

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

More from Merriam-Webster on myotonic dystrophy

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about myotonic dystrophy

Comments on myotonic dystrophy

What made you want to look up myotonic dystrophy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

something desired as essential

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What's that Smell?! Quiz

  • wide eyed dog smelling rose
  • Someone who is hircine smells like a:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!