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n. any disease of the muscles. The myopathies are usually subdivided into those that are inherited (see muscular dystrophy) and those that are acquired. The acquired myopathies include polymyositis and muscular diseases complicating endocrine disorders, carcinoma, or drug therapy. All are typified by weakness and wasting of the muscles, which may be associated with pain and tenderness.

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