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 According to the National Institutes of Health, 48 million Americans have significant hearing loss, which puts it as the third most common health issue in the country, behind heart disease and arthritis. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Deaf advocates call for keyless car changes after Kentucky woman's death," 19 July 2019 Nettles have long had a healthful reputation, and adherents use them in juices or teas to combat arthritis or other ailments. Los Angeles Times, "Don’t pull the weeds in Rainbeau Mars’ edible garden," 12 Sep. 2019 Dermatologists Say These Products Could Help What is psoriatic arthritis, exactly? Amber Brenza,, "Kim Kardashian Reveals Psoriatic Arthritis Diagnosis—Here's What That Means," 16 Sep. 2019 Some companies also claim their products can help treat arthritis, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, psychiatric disorders, or diabetes. Felicia Gans,, "Answering your top five questions about CBD," 27 Aug. 2019 And so many diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, depression and Alzheimer’s, have been linked to inflammation. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Anti-inflammatory diet: a food fight against disease," 27 Aug. 2019 His early retirement came from chronic arthritis in his pitching arm. Matthew Vantryon, Indianapolis Star, "Andrew Luck's retirement shocked the sports world. These players quit in their prime, too.," 25 Aug. 2019 Their scales are in demand for traditional Chinese medicine, said to treat everything from arthritis to difficulty with lactation in mothers. National Geographic, "Pangolin scales are not a party drug, say researchers," 9 Aug. 2019 His mother suffered from severe arthritis and was in a wheelchair for 25 years. Steve Almasy And Hollie Silverman, CNN, "Arizona company piled up bodies and dismembered limbs instead of using them for research, lawsuit says," 27 July 2019

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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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25 Oct 2019

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The first known use of arthritis was in 1543

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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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