noun, Pathology.
a hereditary disease characterized by gradual wasting of the muscles with replacement by scar tissue and fat, sometimes also affecting the heart.
a genetic disease characterized by progressive deterioration and wasting of muscle fibres, causing difficulty in walking

muscular dystrophy n.
Abbr. MD

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.
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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