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muscular dystrophy

noun, Pathology
1.
a hereditary disease characterized by gradual wasting of the muscles with replacement by scar tissue and fat, sometimes also affecting the heart.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70
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  • They have to play some role in the decision whether to pay for research into medieval poetry or muscular dystrophy.
  • Replacing defective genes holds out great promise for people suffering from diseases such as muscular dystrophy and cancer.
  • Researchers say they turned a mouse with muscular dystrophy into a mighty mouse by injecting stem cells into its muscles.
  • New light shed on muscular dystrophy and a rare eye cancer.
British Dictionary definitions for muscular dystrophy

muscular dystrophy

noun
1.
a genetic disease characterized by progressive deterioration and wasting of muscle fibres, causing difficulty in walking
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muscular dystrophy in Medicine

muscular dystrophy n.
Abbr. MD

  1. Any of a group of progressive muscle disorders caused by a defect in one or more genes that control muscle function and characterized by gradual irreversible wasting of skeletal muscle. Also called myodystrophy.

  2. Pseudohypertrophic muscular dystrophy.

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muscular dystrophy in Science
muscular dystrophy
  (mŭs'kyə-lər dĭs'trə-fē)   
Any of a group of inherited progressive muscle disorders caused by a defect in one or more genes that control muscle function and characterized by gradual irreversible wasting of skeletal muscle.
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muscular dystrophy in Culture
muscular dystrophy [(dis-truh-fee)]

A hereditary disease in which the muscles progressively waste away. The disease can be potentially treated through gene therapy.

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