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

Examples of arthritic in a Sentence

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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 17 Jul. 2024.

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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