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

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With advancing age, senescent cells take the wheel, and the human body careens into disease states ranging from cancer and diabetes to arthritis, vision loss and dementia. Melissa Healy,, "This drug cocktail reduced signs of age-related diseases and extended life in mice and human cells," 10 July 2018 Now that there are 2,500 and arthritis is setting in, Lahey’s staff orders the diplomas months in advance. Alison Kuznitz,, "A Visionary Leader, President John Lahey Casts His Final Shadow On Quinnipiac University," 2 July 2018 Lyme arthritis, causing painful swelling especially of the knee, is the most common symptom of late-stage infection. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "Lyme Disease: An Even Bigger Threat Than You Think," 22 June 2018 Joel Heiser, a retired doctor, answers questions about physical ailments, including sore joints or muscles, arthritis, back pain or when to see a specialist. Linda Mcintosh,, "Poker Tourney raises $250K for Boys&Girls news," 25 May 2018 More than half of all older adults in the United States have arthritis. Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "Knee and hip replacements are common, but they’re not always fully successful," 18 June 2018 Other doctors raised concern about the treatments, and her family doctor even told her she didn't have arthritis. Jen Christensen, Michael Nedelman And Paul Murphy, CNN, "Texas doctor, accused of giving fake diagnoses, faces $240 million health care fraud case," 15 May 2018 Broadleaf Plantain Comfrey Another multi-purpose, easy-to-grow herb used for everything from arthritis to menstrual pain, comfrey is most commonly used topically nowadays. Sunset, "Top 10 Medicinal Plants You Can Grow at Home," 22 Jan. 2018 His mother has suffered from lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease, for the past 13 years, and has Sjogren’s syndrome and arthritis, both chronic diseases. Austin Horn, San Antonio Express-News, "With ACA under attack, a family racked by illness wonders what will happen to their health coverage," 13 July 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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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)

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