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Muscular dystrophy


  • MD - muscular dystrophy
  • myodystrophica
  • myodystrophy
  • progressive muscular dystrophy


A general term for a group of inherited disorders which are characterized by progressive degeneration of skeletal muscles (muscle, skeletal).

Definition from: MeSH via Unified Medical Language SystemThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. at the National Library of Medicine

Any of a group of hereditary diseases characterized by progressive wasting of muscles -- called also progressive muscular dystrophy.

Definition from: Merriam-Webster's Medical DictionaryThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. by Merriam-Webster Inc.

Related discussion in the Handbook

See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

Published: February 1, 2016