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myotonic dystrophy

myotonic dystrophy in Medicine

myotonic dystrophy n.
A chronic, slowly progressing, inherited disease that usually manifests its first symptoms when individuals reach their 30s, characterized by a wasting of the muscles, failing vision, opacity of the lens of the eyes, ptosis, slurred speech, and general muscular weakness. Also called myotonia atrophica, Steinert's disease.

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