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

First recorded in 1865–70
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British Dictionary definitions for muscular dystrophy

muscular dystrophy

noun
a genetic disease characterized by progressive deterioration and wasting of muscle fibres, causing difficulty in walking
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Medical definitions for muscular dystrophy

muscular dystrophy

n.
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.myodystrophy
Pseudohypertrophic muscular dystrophy.
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Scientific definitions for muscular dystrophy

muscular dystrophy
[ mŭskyə-lər dĭstrə-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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Cultural definitions for muscular dystrophy

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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