ar·​thrit·​ic | \ är-ˈthri-tik How to pronounce arthritic (audio) \

Definition of arthritic

1 : of, relating to, or affected with arthritis arthritic hands
2 : seemingly affected with or caused by arthritis an arthritic legal system a story moving with arthritic slowness

Other Words from arthritic

arthritic noun
arthritically \ är-​ˈthri-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce arthritic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of arthritic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The pain and the degenerative arthritic changes are present only in my right (texting) thumb, which is significantly larger than my left thumb. Carolyn Barber, Scientific American, 19 Nov. 2021 The wall’s 800-foot-high rock face has to be traversed along steep, narrow paths cut into the wall, a task made especially difficult for someone with arthritic knees. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Sep. 2021 Checkbook’s undercover shoppers called a sample of area acupuncturists for their fees for private treatment of arthritic knee pain. Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2021 After first appearing stiff-armed and arthritic, the robot broke into dance. Lauren Goode, Wired, 20 Aug. 2021 Inside our house, Riley, our arthritic, nearly 13-year-old boxer, slowly emerged from her slumber, ambled to the bottom of the stairs and shook her floppy ears vigorously. Washington Post, 21 Aug. 2020 Underwater treadmills in particular tend to benefit overweight or arthritic pets, or those with neurological issues who need the buoyancy of the water to reduce the impact on their joints or to keep them upright while walking., 23 June 2021 His accelerator ankle started to pop like an arthritic knuckle. Lauren Smiley, Wired, 22 June 2021 Against the living room window is where Ms. Savage also keeps her digital piano — a gift from Christmas 2019 — with weighted keys, which are good for arthritic hands. New York Times, 21 May 2021

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First Known Use of arthritic

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for arthritic

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

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“Arthritic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2021.

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ar·​thrit·​ic | \ är-ˈthrit-ik How to pronounce arthritic (audio) \

Medical Definition of arthritic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or affected with arthritis

Other Words from arthritic

arthritically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce arthritic (audio) \ adverb



Medical Definition of arthritic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person affected with arthritis

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