housemaid's knee

noun Pathology.

inflammation of the bursa over the front of the kneecap.

Nearby words

  1. houseleek,
  2. houseless,
  3. houselights,
  4. houseline,
  5. housemaid,
  6. houseman,
  7. housemaster,
  8. housemate,
  9. housemother,
  10. houseparent

Origin of housemaid's knee

First recorded in 1825–35 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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Medicine definitions for housemaid's knee

housemaid's knee



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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