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

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 Exercise for psoriatic arthritis can be a complex subject. Pam Moore, SELF, 25 Aug. 2021 He was being treated in a hospital for complications of arthritis and died of a bacterial infection, his wife, Tamara Glenny, said. New York Times, 15 Aug. 2021 After a day of walking more than a dozen blocks and taking several bus transfers to run errands, Bauer was tired and her bones ached of arthritis. Ricardo Cano, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 July 2021 Bukata is working on that intersection now, completing a clinical trial about cartilage and whether it can be preserved or regenerated during the early stages of arthritis. Kristy Totten, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Sep. 2021 Recently, the company has also filed for a supplemental biologics license application with the US FDA for its blockbuster drug, Orencia, currently approved for certain forms of arthritis. Trefis Team, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 Connect with other people who have psoriatic arthritis. Natasha Lavender, SELF, 30 Sep. 2021 The 95-year-old has arthritis in her feet and legs and says knitting helps to take her mind off the pain. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 29 Sep. 2021 Identifying bone pain can be challenging for patients who have arthritis or other chronic pain issues, Dr. Taiwo says. Jessie Van Amburg,, 20 Sep. 2021

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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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“Arthritis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of arthritis

: 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 arthritis (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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