acute or chronic inflammation of a joint, often accompanied by pain and structural changes and having diverse causes, as infection, crystal deposition, or injury.

Origin of arthritis

1535–45; < New Latin < Greek: gout. See arthro-, -itis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for arthritis

Contemporary Examples of arthritis

Historical Examples of arthritis

  • Arthritis and gout have been known to generate criminality in the descendants.

    Criminal Man

    Gina Lombroso-Ferrero

  • He knows the aspirin will not cure the arthritis, but he wants to alleviate the symptom.

  • The latter is what a doctor does when he recommends aspirin for arthritis.

  • Mrs. Horton and Sophy talked about the crossing and Grace's arthritis.

    Shadows of Flames

    Amelie Rives

  • But you are in an advanced stage of arthritis deformans of the soul.

    The Crux

    Charlotte Perkins Gilman

British Dictionary definitions for arthritis



inflammation of a joint or joints characterized by pain and stiffness of the affected parts, caused by gout, rheumatic fever, etcSee also rheumatoid arthritis
Derived Formsarthritic (ɑːˈθrɪtɪk), adjective, noun

Word Origin for arthritis

C16: via Latin from Greek: see arthro-, -itis


Rather than talking about an arthritic or arthritics, it is better to talk about a person with arthritis and people with arthritis
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Word Origin and History for arthritis

"inflammation of a joint," 1540s, from medical Latin arthritis, from Greek (nosos) arthritis "(disease) of the joints," from arthritis, fem. of arthrites (adj.) "pertaining to joints" (Greek nosos is a fem. noun), from arthron "a joint" (see arm (n.1)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

arthritis in Medicine



n. pl. ar•thrit•i•des (-thrĭtĭ-dēz′)

Inflammation of a joint, usually accompanied by pain, swelling, and stiffness, resulting from infection, trauma, degenerative changes, metabolic disturbances, or other causes.
Related formsar•thritic (-thrĭtĭk) adj.•thriti•cal•ly adv.
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arthritis in Science



Acute or chronic inflammation of one or more joints, usually accompanied by pain and stiffness, resulting from infection, trauma, degenerative changes, autoimmune disease, or other causes. See also osteoarthritis rheumatoid arthritis.
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arthritis in Culture


The inflammation of tissues in the joints (such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis), usually resulting in pain and stiffness.

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