myasthenia gravis
noun Etymology: New Latin, literally, grave myasthenia Date: 1900 a disease characterized by progressive weakness and exhaustibility of voluntary muscles without atrophy or sensory disturbance and caused by an autoimmune attack on acetylcholine receptors at the neuromuscular junction

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