Definition of Duchenne muscular dystrophy in English:

Duchenne muscular dystrophy

(also DMD)


mass noun
  • A severe form of muscular dystrophy caused by a genetic defect and usually affecting boys.

    • ‘Scientists here will study gene and stem cell therapies to treat muscle disease, in particular Duchenne muscular dystrophy.’
    • ‘The American Thoracic Society published a paper on the respiratory care of patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy and recent advances in treatment.’
    • ‘In Duchenne muscular dystrophy, attempts at cell therapy, using muscle stem cell preparations, have been largely disappointing.’
    • ‘In cases of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, symptoms usually begin to appear around age 5, as the pelvic muscles begin to weaken.’
    • ‘The work is promising for possible treatments of diseases such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy, but the authors say a lot of work is needed to improve the efficiency of the muscle generating process.’


Late 19th century: named after G. B. A. Duchenne (1806–75), the French neurologist who first described it.


Duchenne muscular dystrophy