from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The most common form of muscular dystrophy, in which fat and fibrous tissue infiltrate muscle tissue, causing 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.
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- n. the most common form of muscular dystrophy; inheritance is X-linked recessive (carried by females but affecting only males)
After Guillaume B.A. Duchenne (1806-1875), French physician.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)