ar·​thrit·​ic är-ˈthri-tik How to pronounce arthritic (audio)
: of, relating to, or affected with arthritis
arthritic hands
: seemingly affected with or caused by arthritis
an arthritic legal system
a story moving with arthritic slowness
arthritic noun
arthritically adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate Martha My Dear, a big-eyed and severely arthritic pitbull, rested her head on the lap of a volunteer at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Feb. 2023 Walker has dealt with arthritic knee issues in the past. Dallas News, 24 Dec. 2022 Because of their dedication to skiing in northern Minnesota, our most veteran testers are well versed in finding gear that alleviates issues that affect many Nordies, like Raynaud’s syndrome—decreased blood flow to the fingers—and arthritic fingers and toes. Stephanie Pearson, Outside Online, 30 Aug. 2022 This option can easily be thrown into your carry-on for a quick change on the airplane, or used to help support arthritic or injured ankles or feet. Kaitlyn Mcinnis, Travel + Leisure, 16 Mar. 2023 My mom’s hands are arthritic. Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, The New Yorker, 18 Jan. 2021 Take older cats who may be arthritic. Brittany Edelmann, Discover Magazine, 29 Mar. 2022 Friends explained that the man was in the habit of swallowing slugs to relieve his arthritic joint pain. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 15 Dec. 2022 In Rubio’s case those complications included arthritic knee pain as her joints struggled with her heft, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, and high blood sugar. Bijal P Trivedi, Discover Magazine, 24 Oct. 2012 See More

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Word History


Middle English artetyke, arthretyke, borrowed from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French artetyke, artetique, borrowed from Medieval Latin arteticus, arthreticus, going back to Latin arthrīticus, borrowed from Greek arthrītikós "of the joints, diseased in the joints," from arthrîtis "of the joints, (as a noun) gout" + -ikos -ic entry 1 — more at arthritis

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of arthritic was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Arthritic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

Medical Definition


1 of 2 adjective
ar·​thrit·​ic är-ˈthrit-ik How to pronounce arthritic (audio)
: of, relating to, or affected with arthritis
arthritically adverb


2 of 2 noun
: a person affected with arthritis

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