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rheumatoid arthritis

noun

medical : a serious disease that continues to become worse over a long period of time and that causes the joints to become very painful, stiff, and swollen

Full Definition of RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

:  a usually chronic autoimmune disease that is characterized especially by pain, stiffness, inflammation, swelling, and sometimes destruction of joints

First Known Use of RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

1859
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rheumatoid arthritis

noun

Medical Definition of RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

:  a usually chronic disease that is considered an autoimmune disease and is characterized especially by pain, stiffness, inflammation, swelling, and sometimes destruction of joints—abbreviation RA; called also atrophic arthritis; compare osteoarthritis

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