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

Examples of arthritic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s especially nice for older or arthritic cats. Christina Vercelletto, CNN Underscored, "41 gifts for pets and the people who love them," 20 Nov. 2020 At two separate inspections over the summer, the USDA found underweight bears, arthritic wolves lying on concrete, big cats with open sores caused by maggots, and an unresponsive lion cub named Nala. National Geographic, "What's going to happen to Joe Exotic's animals?," 8 Oct. 2020 The inspectors documented sick and injured animals, including Nala, the arthritic wolves, an underweight bear, and several unsafe enclosures, including one lemur cage that had rusted metal. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "‘Tiger King’ zoo owner loses license, plots new animal venture," 6 Oct. 2020 My dad, however, finds the roomier fretboard of the slightly larger tenor to be more comfortable for arthritic fingers. Washington Post, "After cancer, she taught herself to play the ukulele. Now, followers are asking for tips.," 1 Oct. 2020 Mitrofanis also struck up a collaboration with Catherine Hamilton, a retired occupational physician in Tasmania who had treated her own arthritic knee by wrapping it with light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Gunjan Sinha, Science | AAAS, "Trials begin for a new weapon against Parkinson’s: light," 17 Sep. 2020 Geriatricians take over primary care of people who are aging, and can help manage conditions that particularly impact the elderly, everything from severe arthritic pain to diabetes and dementia. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "25 Types of Doctors and What They Do for Patients' Health," 15 Sep. 2020 Plus, by avoiding any steps, the ramp style allows even the most arthritic dogs to reach the perfect napping location. Christine Hayes, USA TODAY, "15 things that can make life easier for elderly dogs," 29 July 2020 This movie is like watching an arthritic 78-year-old Jimi Hendrix playing a residency in Vegas. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Bill & Ted Party On (and On)," 28 Aug. 2020

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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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24 Nov 2020

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“Arthritic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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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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