ar·​throp·​a·​thy | \ är-ˈthrä-pə-thē How to pronounce arthropathy (audio) \
plural arthropathies

Definition of arthropathy

: a disease of a joint

Examples of arthropathy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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,, "3 New Orleans nurses, including Tyrann Mathieu's mother, sentenced in Medicare fraud scheme," 30 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of arthropathy

1837, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arthropathy

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

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“Arthropathy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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ar·​throp·​a·​thy | \ är-ˈthräp-ə-thē How to pronounce arthropathy (audio) \
plural arthropathies

Medical Definition of arthropathy

: 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, 9 Aug. 2007 The most common problem found is known as facet joint arthropathy, which can cause severe back pain.— Eric Nagourney, The New York Times, 31 July 2007

Other Words from arthropathy

arthropathic \ ˌär-​thrə-​ˈpa-​thik How to pronounce arthropathy (audio) \ adjective
arthropathic changes an arthropathic knee

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