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 Lea looks healthy and energetic, only plagued by a bit of arthritis and hearing loss. Byron Mccauley, The Enquirer, "At 107, Bea Lea still likes red lipstick, urges goodness," 2 Oct. 2020 As a refresher: Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. Beth Krietsch, SELF, "Is There a Rheumatoid Arthritis Diet That Can Help With Symptoms?," 29 Sep. 2020 Drugs like this are often used to help manage inflammation that can be a symptom of conditions such as arthritis, severe allergies, asthma, intestinal disorders, thyroid disorders, and some types of cancer, MedlinePlus says. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Dexamethasone for COVID-19: What to Know About the Latest Drug President Trump Is Taking," 5 Oct. 2020 Dexamethasone is usually used to treat certain forms of arthritis, severe allergies and asthma, among other conditions, including certain types of cancer. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Trump's Covid-19 so far has caused high fever and drops in oxygen, doctors say," 4 Oct. 2020 The steroid dexamethasone, which is often used to treat arthritis, allergic reactions and blood or immune system disorders, has also been found to benefit COVID-19 patients. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, "What coronavirus treatments could President Trump, Melania Trump seek after testing positive?," 2 Oct. 2020 In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts that by 2040, two-thirds of arthritis (joint inflammation) sufferers will be female. Jennifer King Lindley, Good Housekeeping, "The Science of Joint Health," 1 Oct. 2020 The most common persistent symptoms include arthritis, fatigue, cognitive dysfunction, and vasculature issues such as atrial fibrillation, cardiomyopathies and blood clotting. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "Four Different Family Members. Four Different Covid-19 Outcomes.," 28 Sep. 2020 Changes in kidney, liver and pancreatic function, arthritis, cataracts, heart disease and high blood pressure are more common in older pets and can be detected during regular check-ups and lab work. Traci Howerton,, "Older pets need a little more TLC; here's how to keep them happy and healthy," 10 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of arthritis

1543, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arthritis

borrowed from Late Latin arthrītis "pain in the joints," borrowed from Greek arthrītid-, arthrîtis "of the joints (arthrîtis nósos "disease of the joints"), (as a noun) gout," from árthron "joint, articulation" + -ītis -itis — more at arthro-

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20 Oct 2020

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“Arthritis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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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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