Definitions for "Leukodystrophy"
A group of genetic disorders characterized by the imperfect development or maintenance of myelin. Diseases in this class include adrenoleukodystrophy, Alexander disease, Canavan disease, Krabbe disease, metachromatic leukodystrophy, Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease, Refsum disease, and phenylketonuria.
Sclerosis of the white matter of the brain.
The word leukodystrophy comes from the Greek words leuko (meaning white), trophy (meaning growth), and dys (meaning ill). If you put these words together, the word leukodystrophy describes a set of diseases that affect the growth or maintenance of the white matter (myelin).
A group of childhood genetic disorders in which the protective coverings of the nerves are destroyed.