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 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 Two years ago, Purdy suffered from rhabdomyolysis (also known as rhabdo), a condition in which muscle tissue breaks down and releases a harmful protein into the bloodstream. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "How Paralympic Medalist Amy Purdy Trains to Be a World-Class Snowboarder," 12 Dec. 2018 In 2011, 13 players at Iowa suffered from rhabdomyolysis, a condition in which muscle fibers break down and their contents are released into the bloodstream, potentially causing kidney damage. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Strength Coaches in College Football Have Become Strongmen," 17 Aug. 2018 But after last week’s lengthy workout left him sore, swollen and hospitalized, the teen was diagnosed with a rare condition known as rhabdomyolysis — or rhabdo. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "What is rhabdomyolysis? Workout, rare condition sends teen to hospital," 7 June 2018 Following a battery of tests, my eventual diagnosis was exertional rhabdomyolysis, or severe muscle damage that often occurs in high-impact activities like car crashes or football tackles, not footraces. Holly Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "It’s gonna be a hot Mount Marathon, so racers be warned and spectators stand by — preferably with ice," 3 July 2018 The cause of death was determined to be complications of acute rhabdomyolysis, the rapid destruction of skeletal muscle following blunt impacts to his head. Drew Hill, The Courier-Journal, "At least 6 MMA fighters have died while in the ring or shortly after," 21 June 2018 Jared Shamburger, a 17-year-old teen from Texas, was diagnosed with the deadly illness rhabdomyolysis after working out too much. Health.com, "How This One Workout Led to a 17-Year-Old’s Diagnosis With a Deadly Illness," 4 June 2018 She was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, which is a condition that results in the breakdown of muscle tissue, in her arms. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "Amy Purdy wins silver in snowboarding at Paralympics," 12 Mar. 2018

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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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21 Nov 2019

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“Rhabdomyolysis.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhabdomyolysis. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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 rhabdomyolyses (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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