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
Recent Examples of rhabdomyolysis from the Web
About five months into her expedition, in Fort Morgan, Colo., McCarthy was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, a rare but dangerous condition linked with extreme physical exertion, in which muscle breaks down and releases a protein into the bloodstream.
One cause of rhabdomyolysis is extreme exercise, which damages soft muscle tissue and can cause discolored urine and lead to kidney damage.
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Origin and Etymology of rhabdomyolysis
New Latin, from rhabdo- + my- + -lysis
First Known Use: 1956See Words from the same year
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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