rhab·​do·​my·​ol·​y·​sis | \ ˌrab-dō-mī-ˈä-lə-səs How to pronounce rhabdomyolysis (audio) \

Definition of rhabdomyolysis

: the destruction or degeneration of muscle tissue (as from traumatic injury, excessive exertion, or stroke) accompanied by the release of breakdown products into the bloodstream and sometimes leading to acute renal failure

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Recent Examples on the Web Earlier in the day, the emergency room had diagnosed Garcia with a potentially fatal condition called rhabdomyolysis, according to court records. Thalia Beaty, ProPublica, "Somebody’s Gotta Help Me”," 16 June 2020 Yet over the last five hours of Garcia’s life, a ProPublica investigation found, nurses and deputies appeared oblivious to both his rhabdomyolysis and his psychosis, doing nothing to treat either. Thalia Beaty, ProPublica, "Somebody’s Gotta Help Me”," 16 June 2020 According to his autopsy, the cause of death was a mental health crisis combined with rhabdomyolysis, a fatal condition that can be caused by overexertion. CBS News, "California inmate who died while in restraints cried out for help: "Somebody's gotta help me"," 16 June 2020 Garcia died after being diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, a disorder caused by overexertion in which toxins released by the overuse of muscles lead to kidney failure. Stephen Engelberg, ProPublica, "Why We Are Publishing Video of the Hours Before Phillip Garcia Died in Custody," 16 June 2020 Brickner says that this is a sign of rhabdomyolysis, a severe injury to the muscles from an excessive workout. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, "Why your muscles hurt so much the day after you work out," 31 July 2017 Essentially, the flow of electricity through the muscles could have caused muscle cells to burst, giving her a relatively mild case of rhabdomyolysis, a potentially serious condition that can also be triggered by extreme workouts. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, "The Mystery of the Pro Runner and the Electric Shock," 26 Jan. 2020 The exact cause of Slusher’s case of rhabdomyolysis was not made clear. Fox News, "Texas woman’s workout triggers potentially deadly condition," 2 Nov. 2019 The coroner determined that the cause of Evans’ death was exertional rhabdomyolysis — the breakdown of muscle tissue during intense exercise — with sickle cell trait listed as a significant contributing factor. John Keilman, chicagotribune.com, "Mother of Great Lakes recruit who died during boot camp run seeks second autopsy, saying Navy has offered few answers on sickle cell-related death," 5 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of rhabdomyolysis

1956, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rhabdomyolysis

New Latin, from rhabdo- + my- + -lysis

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The first known use of rhabdomyolysis was in 1956

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“Rhabdomyolysis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhabdomyolysis. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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rhab·​do·​my·​ol·​y·​sis | \ ˌrab-dō-mī-ˈäl-ə-səs How to pronounce rhabdomyolysis (audio) \
plural rhabdomyolyses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce rhabdomyolysis (audio) \

Medical Definition of rhabdomyolysis

: the destruction or degeneration of skeletal muscle tissue (as from traumatic injury, excessive exertion, or stroke) that is accompanied by the release of muscle cell contents (as myoglobin and potassium) into the bloodstream resulting in hypovolemia, hyperkalemia, and sometimes acute renal failure

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