from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
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- n. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a form of motor neuron disease.
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- n. thickening of tissue in the motor tracts of the lateral columns and anterior horns of the spinal cord; results in progressive muscle atrophy that starts in the limbs
After Henry Louis ("Lou”) Gehrig.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named after New York Yankees baseball player Lou Gehrig (1903-1941), a prominent sufferer of the disease. The disease was known before Gehrig suffered it, but his fame led to his name being associated with it. (Wiktionary)