ar·​thri·​tis | \ är-ˈthrī-təs How to pronounce arthritis (audio) \
plural arthritides\ är-​ˈthri-​tə-​ˌdēz How to pronounce arthritides (audio) \

Definition of arthritis

: inflammation of joints due to infectious, metabolic, or constitutional causes also : a specific arthritic condition

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Recent Examples on the Web Chronic conditions such as arthritis and spinal-cord injuries are managed with long-term rehab to improve mobility and circulation and maintain muscle mass. Karen Angel, USA TODAY, "Physical therapy for dogs? Some owners turn to rehab to manage chronic pain, avoid costly surgery," 30 Nov. 2019 The study included more than 2,600 people across the United Kingdom with conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraine and neuropathic pain., "Windy, humid days could bring more pain," 4 Nov. 2019 Dlugolecki, who lives in Burbank, participated in his 17th California Coast Classic, a 525-mile, eight-day bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise funds and awareness for arthritis. Anthony Clark Carpio, Burbank Leader, "Burbank photographer coasts down the state for arthritis awareness," 11 Oct. 2019 The zoo also reported she was being treated for chronic arthritis and for intestinal bleeding. Li Cohen, CBS News, "Santa Barbara Zoo says final goodbye to last elephant Little Mac," 28 Sep. 2019 Stretching, resting and using the correct tools top the list of approaches to avoid injuries and mitigate disabilities of everything from mobility limitations to medical challenges such as arthritis. oregonlive, "How to create a garden that’s accessible to all," 2 Sep. 2019 The cause of death was listed as advanced arthritis, said her son, Gregg Freese. Washington Post, "Community deaths," 29 Aug. 2019 Researchers found that about three-quarters of the ads were for chronic conditions such as arthritis and diabetes — the sort of illnesses that guarantee return business. David Lazarus,, "TV commercials for prescription drugs 'doing more harm than good'," 10 Apr. 2018 Overweight/obesity, stress, alcohol consumption, gut dysbiosis and inflammatory diseases such as arthritis are a few of the contributors to low-grade chronic inflammation. Sheah Rarback, miamiherald, "A low-inflammatory diet is in your best nutritional interest | Miami Herald," 2 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of arthritis

1543, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arthritis

Latin, from Greek, from arthron

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The first known use of arthritis was in 1543

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6 Dec 2019

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“Arthritis.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of arthritis

medical : a disease that causes the joints of the body to become swollen and painful


ar·​thri·​tis | \ är-ˈthrī-təs How to pronounce arthritis (audio) \

Kids Definition of arthritis

: a condition in which the joints are painful and swollen


ar·​thri·​tis | \ är-ˈthrīt-əs How to pronounce arthritis (audio) \
plural arthritides\ -​ˈthrit-​ə-​ˌdēz How to pronounce arthritides (audio) \

Medical Definition of arthritis

: inflammation of joints due to infectious, metabolic, or constitutional causes also : a specific arthritic condition (as gouty arthritis or psoriatic arthritis)

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