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 But more than 40 known inherited conditions, including Huntington’s and myotonic dystrophy, are marked by too many DNA nucleotide repeats. Jonathan Saltzman,, 17 Dec. 2019 The cause was myotonic dystrophy, a muscular disorder, said his wife, Carolyn Shettle. Washington Post, 9 Oct. 2019 Megan has myotonic dystrophy, a form of muscular dystrophy that affects muscles and other organs in the body. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 June 2018

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1929, in the meaning defined above

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“Myotonic dystrophy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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myotonic dystrophy


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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