arthritis

[ ahr-thrahy-tis ]
/ ɑrˈθraɪ tɪs /
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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. arthralgia,
  2. arthrectomy,
  3. arthritic,
  4. arthritic general pseudoparalysis,
  5. arthritide,
  6. arthritis deformans,
  7. arthritis mutilans,
  8. arthro-,
  9. arthro-ophthalmopathy,
  10. arthrobacter


Origin of arthritis

1535–45; < New Latin < Greek: gout. See arthro-, -itis

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British Dictionary definitions for arthritis

arthritis

/ (ɑːˈθraɪtɪs) /

noun

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

usage

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

arthritis

n.

"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)).

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Medicine definitions for arthritis

arthritis

[ är-thrītĭs ]

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. n.ar•thriti•cal•ly adv.


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Science definitions for arthritis

arthritis

[ är-thrītĭs ]

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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Culture definitions for arthritis

arthritis

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

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