housemaid's knee

noun

Definition of housemaid's knee

: a swelling over the knee due to an enlargement of the bursa in the front of the patella

First Known Use of housemaid's knee

1824, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for housemaid's knee

from its occurrence among women who work a great deal on their knees

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“Housemaid's knee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/housemaid%27s%20knee. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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housemaid's knee

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house·​maid's knee | \ ˈhau̇-ˌsmādz- How to pronounce housemaid's knee (audio) \

Medical Definition of housemaid's knee

: a swelling over the knee due to an enlargement of the bursa in the front of the patella

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