Definition of Duchenne muscular dystrophy in English:

Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Syllabification: Du·chenne mus·cu·lar dys·tro·phy
Pronunciation: /do͞oˌSHen ˌməskyələr ˈdistrəfē
(abbreviation: DMD)


  • A severe form of muscular dystrophy caused by a genetic defect and usually affecting boys.
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    • The work is promising for possible treatments of diseases such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy, but the authors say a lot of work is needed to improve the efficiency of the muscle generating process.
    • Scientists here will study gene and stem cell therapies to treat muscle disease, in particular Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
    • In cases of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, symptoms usually begin to appear around age 5, as the pelvic muscles begin to weaken.


late 19th century: named after G. B. A. Duchenne (1806–75), the French neurologist who first described it.

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