|See also rheumatoid arthritis inflammation of a joint or joints characterized by pain and stiffness of the affected parts, caused by gout, rheumatic fever, etc|
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|usage Rather than talking about an arthritic or arthritics, it is better to talk about a person with arthritis and people with arthritis|
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arthritis ar·thri·tis (är-thrī'tĭs)
n. pl. ar·thrit·i·des (-thrĭt'ĭ-dēz')
Inflammation of a joint or joints resulting in pain and swelling. Also called articular rheumatism.
|arthritis (är-thrī'tĭs) Pronunciation Key
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Acute or chronic inflammation of one or more joints, usually accompanied by pain and stiffness, resulting from infection, trauma, degenerative changes, autoimmune disease, or other causes. See also osteoarthritisrheumatoid arthritis.">, rheumatoid arthritis.
The inflammation of tissues in the joints (such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis), usually resulting in pain and stiffness.