ar·​throp·​a·​thy är-ˈthrä-pə-thē How to pronounce arthropathy (audio)
plural arthropathies
: a disease of a joint

Examples of arthropathy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The most common inflammatory arthropathies are rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis, but systemic lupus may also cause inflammation. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 26 Jan. 2023 Gout and pseudogout are the crystal arthropathies, meaning that the joints become inflamed because crystals form inside the joint. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 26 Jan. 2023 In one case, prosecutors wrote, Mathieu billed Medicare $125 for a visit to a patient whose paperwork said the patient had arthropathy, peripheral neuropathy and low vision. Laura McKnight,, 30 Aug. 2017

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Word History


probably borrowed from French arthropathie, from arthro- arthro- + -pathie -pathy

First Known Use

1837, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of arthropathy was in 1837

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Cite this Entry

“Arthropathy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


ar·​throp·​a·​thy är-ˈthräp-ə-thē How to pronounce arthropathy (audio)
plural arthropathies
: a disease of a joint
These joint hemorrhages culminate in a severe arthropathy, with signs of inflammation (as in rheumatoid arthritis) as well as degenerative damage (as in osteoarthritis).Goris Roosendaal and Floris Lafeber, The New England Journal of Medicine
The most common problem found is known as facet joint arthropathy, which can cause severe back pain.Eric Nagourney, The New York Times
arthropathic adjective
arthropathic changes
an arthropathic knee
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