Lou Gehrig's disease


Lou Gehrig's disease
Lou Geh·rig's disease .lü-.ge(ə)r-igz-, -.ga(ə)r- n AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS
Gehrig Lou (1903-1941)
American baseball player. Gehrig began playing for the New York Yankees in 1925. He soon became a fine first baseman and an outstanding hitter. He compiled a lifetime major-league average of .340. He was the American League home-run champion in 1931, 1934, and 1936 and was named the American League's most valuable player in 1927, 1931, 1934, and 1936. Nicknamed the „Iron Horse,” he played a total of 2130 consecutive games in 14 seasons. His career ended in 1939 when he learned that he was suffering from a rare form of paralysis-amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. In the years following his death the disease became popularly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Lou Gehrig's disease — [lo͞o ger′igz] n. [after ( Henry) Lou(is) Gehrig (1903 41), U.S. baseball player who died of the disease] AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS …   English World dictionary

  • Lou Gehrig's disease — noun Etymology: Lou Gehrig died 1941 American baseball player who suffered from the disease Date: 1958 amyotrophic lateral sclerosis …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Lou Gehrig's disease — amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. See also motor neurone disease. Lou Gehrig (1903 41), US baseball player who suffered from it …   Medical dictionary

  • Lou Gehrig's disease — amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. See also: motor neurone disease [Lou Gehrig (1903–41), US baseball player who suffered from it] …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • Lou Gehrig's disease — /lu ˈgeɪrɪgz dəziz/ (say looh gayrigz duhzeez) noun → ALS. {from Lou Gehrig, 1903–41, US baseballer, who suffered from the disease} …   Australian English dictionary

  • Lou Gehrig's disease — Lou′ Gehr′ig s disease [[t]lu[/t]] n. pat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis …   From formal English to slang

  • Lou Gehrig’s disease — ➡ Gehrig * * * …   Universalium

  • Lou Gehrig's disease — noun another term for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Origin 1940s: named after the American baseball star Henry Louis Gehrig, who died from the disease …   English new terms dictionary

  • Lou Gehrig's disease — n. (Medicine) Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, incurable progressive disease of the motor nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that causes their degeneration and muscle degeneration (named after famous baseball player who died of the disease) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Lou Gehrig's disease — noun Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a form of motor neuron disease …   Wiktionary