muscular-dystrophy

muscular dystrophy

noun Pathology.
a hereditary disease characterized by gradual wasting of the muscles with replacement by scar tissue and fat, sometimes also affecting the heart.

Origin:
1865–70

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muscular dystrophy
 
n
a genetic disease characterized by progressive deterioration and wasting of muscle fibres, causing difficulty in walking

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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   (mŭs'kyə-lər dĭs'trə-fē)  Pronunciation Key 
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 [(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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