arthritis

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arthritis  [%PREMIUM_LINK%]     (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 osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis.

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