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rheumatoid arthritis

noun, Pathology
1.
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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1855-1860
1855-60
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British Dictionary definitions for rheumatoid-arthritis

rheumatoid arthritis

noun
1.
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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rheumatoid-arthritis in Medicine

rheumatoid arthritis n.
A chronic and progressive systemic disease, especially common in women, characterized by stiffness and inflammation of the joints and sometimes leading to deformity and disability. Also called arthritis deformans.

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rheumatoid-arthritis in Science
rheumatoid arthritis
  (r'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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