connective-tissue disease

n.

Any of a group of noninheritable diseases that affect the connective tissue, such as rheumatic fever and rheumatoid arthritis, and that are characterized by fever, pain, stiffness, and inflammation.

Nearby words

  1. connection,
  2. connectionism,
  3. connective,
  4. connective tissue,
  5. connective tumor,
  6. connectively,
  7. connectivity,
  8. connector,
  9. connell,
  10. connellsville


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