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housemaid's knee

noun Pathology.
  1. 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

  1. 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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housemaid's knee in Medicine

housemaid's knee

  1. 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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