Becker muscular dystrophy
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Beck·er muscular dystrophy(bĕk′ər)
A form of muscular dystrophy that begins in late childhood or adolescence, almost exclusively affects males, and is characterized by progressive weakening of the muscles that is similar to but less severe than in Duchenne muscular dystrophy. It is caused by a recessive genetic mutation on the X chromosome that results in insufficiency or abnormality of the protein dystrophin in muscle cells.
[After Peter Emil Becker (1908-2000), German human geneticist .]
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|Noun||1.||Becker muscular dystrophy - a form of muscular dystrophy that sets in in adolescence or adulthood and progresses slowly but will affect all voluntary muscles; characterized by generalized weakness and muscle wasting that affects limb and trunk muscles first; similar to Duchenne's muscular dystrophy but less severe; inheritance is X-linked recessive (carried by females but affecting only males)|
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