Duchenne's muscular dystrophy
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Du·chenne's muscular dystrophy(do͞o-shĕnz′)
The most common form of muscular dystrophy, caused by a genetic mutation resulting in the absence of the structural protein dystrophin, in which fat and fibrous tissue infiltrate muscle tissue and cause eventual weakening of the respiratory muscles and the myocardium. The disease, which almost exclusively affects males, begins in early childhood and usually causes death before adulthood.
[After Guillaume B.A. Duchenne, (1806-1875), French physician.]
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|Noun||1.||Duchenne's muscular dystrophy - the most common form of muscular dystrophy; inheritance is X-linked recessive (carried by females but affecting only males)|
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