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

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Other Words from arthritic

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

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By then, with the help of another low-cost community attorney, Roebuck, partially blind and arthritic, had received a health deferment of his foreclosure. USA Today, "Seniors were sold a risk-free retirement with reverse mortgages. Now they face foreclosure.," 12 June 2019 Earl Monroe, the Bullets’ All-Star guard, has surgery on both arthritic knees, plus a hemorrhoid operation, at St. Agnes Hospital. Mike Klingaman,, "This week in Baltimore sports history: Michael Phelps 'living dream' at 18," 9 June 2019 Sabathia was making his first start off the IL in Sunday night’s 8-5 loss to the Red Sox, after having a cortisone and lubricant shot in his arthritic knee, which has no cartilage. Kristie Ackert,, "Second Dallas Keuchel bidding war begins today; Yankees need him more than most," 3 June 2019 Prior to Opportunity’s brush with this dust storm, the rover was in exceptionally good condition, albeit a robotic arm that’s effectively gone arthritic with age. Gina Martinez, Time, "The Mars Opportunity Rover Has Defied All Odds for 15 Years. But Now, It Could Be in Danger," 6 July 2018 Betty Slinger, 83, suffers from arthritic hands and an irregular heartbeat. Hattie Bernstein,, "At the Senior Informer, a labor of love in every edition," 18 May 2018 In a 2015 study in the European Journal of Pain, applying a CBD gel for just four days significantly reduced joint swelling in arthritic rats. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "I Hacked My Body So You Don't Have To," 25 June 2018 Fixing the problem The arthritis drug is also a personal issue for Schutz, who has wryly discussed his own struggle with arthritic knees. Bradley J. Fikes,, "Seeking financial security, Scripps Research is taking its science directly to patients," 24 June 2018 If arthritic joints are stiff and achy, stick with low-impact activities such as walking, swimming, cycling and yoga., "A decade-by-decade guide for staying fit for life," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of arthritic

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 arthritically (audio) \ adverb



Medical Definition of arthritic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person affected with arthritis

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