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amyotrophic lateral sclerosisnoun [U]

uk   /æ.mi.əʊˌtrɒf.ɪk læt.ər.əl skləˈrəʊ.sɪs/  us   /ˌæm.i.oʊˈtrɑːf.ɪk ˈlæt̬.ər.əl skləˈroʊ.sɪs/ US specialized (abbreviation ALS, also Lou Gehrig's disease, UK motor neuron disease)
a ​seriousdiseaseaffecting the ​nervecells, ​especially those in the spinalcord that ​controlmusclemovement, and ​resulting in a ​reduction in ​size and ​strength of the ​muscles
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