housemaid's knee

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noun Pathology.

inflammation of the bursa over the front of the kneecap.



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Origin of housemaid's knee

First recorded in 1825–35
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British Dictionary definitions for housemaid's knee

housemaid's knee


inflammation and swelling of the bursa in front of the kneecap, caused esp by constant kneeling on a hard surfaceTechnical name: prepatellar bursitis
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Medical definitions for housemaid's knee

housemaid's knee
[ housmādz′ ]


Swelling and inflammation of the bursa in front of the patella just beneath the skin, caused by trauma, such as that caused by excessive kneeling.prepatellar bursitis
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