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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

an incurable disease of unknown cause in which progressive degeneration of motor neurons in the brain stem and spinal cord leads to atrophy and eventually complete paralysis of the voluntary muscles.
Abbreviation: ALS.
a form of motor neurone disease in which degeneration of motor tracts in the spinal cord causes progressive muscular paralysis starting in the limbs Also called Lou Gehrig’s disease

by 1881, from French, first word from Greek a-, privative prefix, + mys, myos “muscle” (see muscle (n.)) + trophikos “feeding,” from trophe “nourishment” (see -trophy). Often known in U.S. as Lou Gehrig’s disease, after the New York Yankees baseball player (1903-1941) who was diagnosed with it in 1939.

amyotrophic lateral sclerosis a·my·o·troph·ic lateral sclerosis (ā-mī’ə-trŏf’ĭk, -trō’fĭk)
A disease of the motor tracts of the lateral columns and anterior horns of the spinal cord, causing progressive muscular atrophy, increased reflexes, fibrillary twitching, and spastic irritability of muscles. Also called Charcot’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease.
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
(ā’mī-ə-trō’fĭk, -ə-trŏf’ĭk, ā-mī’-)
A chronic, progressive neurologic disease marked by gradual degeneration of the neurons in the spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. The disorder causes muscle weakness and atrophy and usually results in death. Also called Lou Gehrig’s disease, after the American baseball player (1903-41) who was the first public figure to suffer from the disease.


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  • Amyotrophy

    noun (pathol) wasting of muscles, caused by disease of the nerves supplying them amyotrophy a·my·ot·ro·phy (ā’mī-ŏt’rə-fē, ām’ī-) n. Muscular wasting or atrophy. Also called amyotrophia.

  • Amyous

    amyous amyous am·y·ous (ām’ē-əs) adj. Lacking muscular tissue or muscular strength.

  • Amytal

    a brand of . noun trademark a barbiturate, a brand of amobarbital, used as a sedative and hypnotic

  • Amythaon

    the son of Cretheus and Tyro who supported Jason’s claim to the throne of Iolcus. Historical Examples Afterwards they were cured by Melampus, the son of Amythaon. Hesiod, The Homeric Hymns, and Homerica Homer and Hesiod

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