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 According to his publicist, Gottfried died of recurrent ventricular tachycardia resulting from myotonic dystrophy type 2 on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 12. Vulture, 12 Apr. 2022 The company is named after a young girl in Florida who has a pediatric version of myotonic dystrophy Type 1 — another muscular dystrophy-like disorder. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 June 2023 Gottfried, who famously voiced Iago in Disney's 1992 classic Aladdin, had been dealing with recurrent ventricular tachycardia due to myotonic dystrophy type II, his longtime friend and publicist Glenn Schwartz told PEOPLE. Julie Mazziotta,, 13 Apr. 2022 How many people have myotonic dystrophy? Julie Washington, cleveland, 16 Apr. 2022 In a statement, Schwartz confirmed that Gottfried died of recurrent ventricular tachycardia due to type 2 myotonic dystrophy. Christi Carrasstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2022 What is myotonic dystrophy? Julie Washington, cleveland, 16 Apr. 2022 Gottfried died at 2:35 p.m. ET Tuesday from recurrent ventricular tachycardia due to myotonic dystrophy type II, said Glenn Schwartz, his longtime friend and publicist. NBC News, 13 Apr. 2022 The death of beloved comedian Gilbert Gottfried at the age of 67 after a lengthy battle with type II myotonic dystrophy came as a shock to many fans of his standup career, as well as fans of perhaps his most iconic role, the saucy sidekick Iago in Disney’s Aladdin. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 13 Apr. 2022 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'myotonic dystrophy.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1929, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of myotonic dystrophy was in 1929

Dictionary Entries Near myotonic dystrophy

Cite this Entry

“Myotonic dystrophy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

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

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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