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English definition of “amyotrophic lateral sclerosis”

amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

noun [U] uk   /æ.mi.əʊˌtrɒf.ɪk læt.ər.əl skləˈrəʊ.sɪs/ us    /ˌæm.i.oʊˈtrɑf.ɪk ˈlæt̬.ər.əl skləˈroʊ.sɪs/ (also ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease) specialized
a disease affecting the nerve cells, especially those in the spinal cord that control muscle movement, and resulting in a reduction in size and strength of the musclesDisorders of muscles and the nervous system
(Definition of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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