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Pronunciation:  'multupul skli'rowsis

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a chronic progressive nervous disorder involving loss of myelin sheath around certain nerve fibers
 Synonyms: disseminated multiple sclerosis, disseminated sclerosis, MS
 See Also: degenerative disorder, demyelination, induration, sclerosis



Medical Dictionary
 Definition: A disorder of the central nervous system marked by weakness, numbness, a loss of muscle coordination, and problems with vision, speech, and bladder control. Multiple sclerosis is thought to be an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system destroys myelin. Myelin is a substance that contains both protein and fat (lipid) and serves as a nerve insulator and helps in the transmission of nerve signals.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: In this autoimmune disease, the body attacks its own nervous system, destroying the myelin sheath that protects the nerve cells. This prevents the nerves from carrying signals properly, and afflicted persons can experience problems with muscular coordination, vision and other sensory problems, and paralysis. The root cause of the disease is unknown; many scientists believe an as-yet-unidentified virus or virion may be the culprit, but recent research points strongly to a genetic factor as well.
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