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Duchenne muscular dystrophy Line breaks: Du|chenne mus¦cu|lar dys|trophy
Pronunciation: /duːˈʃɛn/
(abbreviation: DMD)

Definition of Duchenne muscular dystrophy in English:


[mass noun]
A severe form of muscular dystrophy caused by a genetic defect and usually affecting boys.
Example sentences
  • 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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