Duchenne muscular dystrophyDu·chenne muscular dystrophy
a common hereditary form of muscular dystrophy, usually affecting young males, characterized by the severe weakening of the skeletal muscles, esp. the respiratory muscles
also called Duchenne's muscular dystrophy
Origin of Duchenne muscular dystrophyafter G. Duchenne (1806-75), French neurologist who first described it
Duchenne muscular dystrophy
A severe form of muscular dystrophy that begins in early childhood and almost exclusively affects males, characterized by progressive weakening of the muscles and usually leading to death from respiratory or cardiac failure. It is caused by lack of the protein dystrophin in muscle cells as a result of a recessive genetic mutation on the X chromosome.
Origin of Duchenne muscular dystrophyAfter Guillaume B.A. Duchenne (1806-1875), French physician