Werdnig-Hoffmann disease

noun
Werd·​nig-Hoff·​mann disease | \ ˈvert-nik-ˈhof-ˌmän- How to pronounce Werdnig-Hoffmann disease (audio) \

Medical Definition of Werdnig-Hoffmann disease

: atrophy of muscles that is caused by degeneration of the ventral horn cells of the spinal cord, is inherited as an autosomal recessive trait, becomes symptomatic during early infancy, is characterized by hypotonia and flaccid paralysis, and is often fatal during childhood

called also Werdnig-Hoffmann syndrome

— compare kugelberg-welander disease

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“Werdnig-Hoffmann disease.” The Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/Werdnig-Hoffmann%20disease. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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