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 In most cases of rhabdomyolysis, recovery begins with CK levels going down in a few days. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 20 Dec. 2021 A few hours later, seizures, rhabdomyolysis, and kidney failure. Alex Baia, The New Yorker, 3 Dec. 2021 The primary diagnostic tool for rhabdomyolysis is a blood test for creatine kinase. Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2021 Nearly a year later, following winter workouts at Oregon under new coach Willie Taggart, McCormick and two other Ducks were hospitalized after suffering rhabdomyolysis, which destroys muscle tissue. oregonlive, 10 Sep. 2021 These can increase the risk of developing rhabdomyolysis. New York Times, 14 July 2021 He was diagnosed with a rare condition called rhabdomyolysis (frequently shortened to rhabdo). Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2021 Earlier in the day, the emergency room had diagnosed Garcia with a potentially fatal condition called rhabdomyolysis, according to court records. Thalia Beaty, ProPublica, 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, 16 June 2020

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First Known Use of rhabdomyolysis

1956, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rhabdomyolysis

rhabdo- + myo- + -lysis

Note: The term was introduced by Drummond H. Bowden et al., "Acute recurrent rhabdomyolysis (paroxysmal myohaemoglobinuria)," Medicine, vol. 35, issue 4 (December, 1956), pp. 335-54.

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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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