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

Origin and Etymology of housemaid's knee

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


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noun house·maid's knee \ ˈhau̇-ˌsmādz- \

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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