housemaid's-knee

housemaid's knee

noun Pathology.
inflammation of the bursa over the front of the kneecap.

Origin:
1825–35

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housemaid's knee
 
n
Technical name: prepatellar bursitis inflammation and swelling of the bursa in front of the kneecap, caused esp by constant kneeling on a hard surface

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housemaid's knee house·maid's knee (hous'mādz')
n.
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. Also called prepatellar bursitis.

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