Characterized by atrophy of the muscles

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  • amyotrophic — Relating to muscular atrophy. * * * amyo·tro·phic träf ik, trō fik adj relating to or marked by amyotrophia * * * amyo·tro·phic (a mi″o troґfik) pertaining to or characterized by amyotrophy …   Medical dictionary

  • amyotrophic — amy·o·troph·ic …   English syllables

  • amyotrophic — /ˌeɪmaɪoʊˈtrɒfɪk/ (say .aymuyoh trofik), / ˈtroʊfɪk/ (say trohfik) adjective of or relating to muscle atrophy. {Greek a 6 + myo + trophic} …   Australian English dictionary

  • amyotrophic — |āˌmīə|träfik, ā|m , ōf adjective : relating to or marked by amyotrophia …   Useful english dictionary

  • amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — n a rare fatal progressive degenerative disease that affects pyramidal motor neurons, usu. begins in middle age, and is characterized esp. by increasing and spreading muscular weakness abbr. ALS called also Lou Gehrig s disease * * * a motor… …   Medical dictionary

  • amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — by 1881, from French, first word from Gk. a , privative prefix, + mys, myos muscle (see MUSCLE (Cf. muscle)) + trophikos feeding, from trophe nourishment (see TROPHY (Cf. trophy)). Often known in U.S. as Lou Gehrig s disease, after the New York… …   Etymology dictionary

  • amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — [ā΄mī΄ō träf′ik, ā΄mī΄ōtrō′fik] n. [< ModL amyotrophia, muscular atrophy < Gr a , not + myos (see MYO ) + trophia, TROPHY + IC] a degenerative disease of the nerve cells that control muscular movement; Lou Gehrig s disease …   English World dictionary

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — This article is about progressive Motor Neuron Disease (MND) affecting both the upper motor neurons and lower motor neurons. For MND affecting either but not necessarily both, see Motor neurone disease. ALS redirects here. For other uses, see ALS …   Wikipedia

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) — A classic motor neuron disease. Motor neuron diseases are progressive chronic diseases of the nerves that come from the spinal cord responsible for supplying electrical stimulation to the muscles. This stimulation is necessary for the movement of …   Medical dictionary

  • amyotrophic lateral sclerosis–parkinsonism–dementia complex — an autosomal dominant disorder caused by mutation in the TRPM7 gene (locus: 15q21), which encodes a protein that functions as an ion channel and a kinase; it occurs among the Chamorro population of Guam and is characterized by gradually… …   Medical dictionary

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