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Lou Gehrig's disease


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)


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  • My favorite comment on this comes from Denis Leary impersonating Babe Ruth. "Poor Lou Gehrig... Died of Lou Gehrig's disease. How the hell did he not see that coming?"

    May 10, 2010

  • Common name for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.

    May 10, 2010