muscular dystrophy

Introduction

muscular dystrophy (dĭsˈtrōfē) [key], any of several inherited diseases characterized by progressive wasting of the skeletal muscles. There are five main forms of the disease. They are classified according to the age at onset of symptoms, the pattern of inheritance, and the part of the body primarily affected.

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