a chronic autoimmune disease characterized by inflammation of the joints, frequently accompanied by marked deformities, and ordinarily associated with manifestations of a general, or systemic, affliction.
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Origin of rheumatoid arthritis
First recorded in 1855–60
Words nearby rheumatoid arthritis
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British Dictionary definitions for rheumatoid arthritis
a chronic disease of the musculoskeletal system, characterized by inflammation and swelling of joints (esp joints in the hands, wrists, knees, and feet), muscle weakness, and fatigue
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Medical definitions for rheumatoid arthritis
A chronic, inflammatory arthritis, commonly involving the hands and feet, characterized by joint pain, stiffness, and weakness that can lead to deformity and disability. arthritis deformans
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Scientific definitions for rheumatoid arthritis
[ rōō′mə-toid′ ]
A chronic autoimmune disease characterized by progressive arthritis of several small or medium-sized joints, especially in the hands. Symptoms can include morning stiffness, joint swelling and weakness, and deformity and disability.
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