What does ALS stand for?

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

ALS is short for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. This is a serious disease often known by another name, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, or LGD for short. It’s a condition that affects the nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

The disease works by damaging these nerve cells over time, which are also known as motor neurons. As the disease progresses, the victim’s motor neurons degenerate. This process continues until the victim’s death.

Many people might be familiar with ALS because of the viral “ice bucket challenge”. This was a trend that became popular on social media during the summer of 2014. People would dump a bucket of ice water over their heads to raise awareness for ALS and encourage donations for research into the disease.

Example for using ‘ALS’ in a conversation

Hey, have you heard about ALS?

Yeah, I think it’s a disease, right? What does it stand for?

ALS stands for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. It’s also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. It affects nerve cells in the brain and spine, causing the progressive degeneration of motor neurons until the person’s death.

Oh, I remember now! Wasn’t there something called the ice bucket challenge associated with ALS?

Exactly! The ice bucket challenge became popular on social media in the summer of 2014. It helped raise awareness and funds for ALS research.