ar·​thri·​tis | \ är-ˈthrī-təs \
plural arthritides\ -​ˈthri-​tə-​ˌdēz \

Definition of arthritis 

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

Examples of arthritis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

More of a pouch than a pad, the Proaller Foot Warmer looks a little like a sleeping bag for your feet and is intended for those suffering from poor circulation and arthritis as well as cold floors. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "People Are Obsessed With This $46 Heating Pad That’s Like a Sleeping Bag for Your Feet," 15 Oct. 2018 That's because the unique mineral composition of the water, mud, and atmospheric pressure have been shown to impove inflammatory conditions like psoirasis, acne, and arthritis. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why the Dead Sea Should Be at the Top of Every Beauty Junkie's Travel List," 5 Sep. 2018 Her mother, rendered a shut-in by arthritis, didn’t have enough money for assisted-living facilities. Heather Gillers, WSJ, "‘I Was Hoping to Be Retired’: The Cost of Supporting Parents and Adult Children," 16 Nov. 2018 One surgeon addressed an injury in Young’s shoulder, caused by arthritis and overuse. Liz Szabo, Washington Post, "Sticker Shock Jolts Oklahoma Patient: $15,076 For Four Tiny Screws," 14 May 2018 Arlan Lewis, nearly 78 years old and hobbled by arthritis in his right hip, remembers feeling disoriented when a taxi dropped him in front of Sacramento’s Union Gospel Mission one afternoon last month. Cynthia Hubert, sacbee, "‘It was a scary thing.’ Hospital dumps senior at homeless shelter. He’s not the first," 8 Jan. 2018 Symptoms include include fever, rash, facial paralysis, and arthritis. Kara Driscoll, ajc, "Lyme disease: 7 questions answered about tick-borne infections," 7 May 2018 What’s more, making nettles a regular part of the diet helps quell allergies and arthritis. Sunset, "Top 10 Medicinal Plants You Can Grow at Home," 22 Jan. 2018 If untreated, the infection can spread and cause more serious health problems, including arthritis, heart palpitations and brain inflammation. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "New Effort for Lyme Disease Vaccine Draws Early Fire," 9 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'arthritis.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of arthritis

1543, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arthritis

Latin, from Greek, from arthron

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about arthritis

Statistics for arthritis

Last Updated

4 Jan 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for arthritis

The first known use of arthritis was in 1543

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for arthritis



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 \

Kids Definition of arthritis

: a condition in which the joints are painful and swollen


ar·​thri·​tis | \ är-ˈthrīt-əs \
plural arthritides\ -​ˈthrit-​ə-​ˌdēz \

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)

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on arthritis

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with arthritis

Spanish Central: Translation of arthritis

Nglish: Translation of arthritis for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of arthritis for Arabic Speakers Encyclopedia article about arthritis

Comments on arthritis

What made you want to look up arthritis? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


marked by shyness and lack of polish

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Liar, Liar Quiz

  • alt-5761dbe2ba986
  • Someone who pretends to be sick in order to avoid work is a:
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!