muscular dystrophy

noun
any of several hereditary diseases of the muscular system characterized by weakness and wasting of skeletal muscles (Freq. 2)
Syn: ↑dystrophy
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muscular dystrophy [muscular dystrophy] [ˌmʌskjələ ˈdɪstrəfi] [ˌmʌskjələr ˈdɪstrəfi] noun uncountable
a medical condition that some people are born with in which the muscles gradually become weaker

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