osteoarthritis

noun
os·​te·​o·​ar·​thri·​tis | \ ˌä-stē-ō-är-ˈthrī-təs How to pronounce osteoarthritis (audio) \

Definition of osteoarthritis

: a common form of arthritis typically with onset during middle or old age that is characterized by progressive degenerative changes in the cartilage of one or more joints (as of the knees, hips, and hands) accompanied by thickening and overgrowth of adjacent bone and that is marked symptomatically chiefly by stiffness, swelling, pain, deformation of joints, and loss of range of motion abbreviation OA — compare rheumatoid arthritis

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Other Words from osteoarthritis

osteoarthritic \ ˌä-​stē-​ō-​är-​ˈthri-​tik How to pronounce osteoarthritic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of osteoarthritis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The researchers followed 8,002 individuals with or at risk of knee osteoarthritis for up to eight years. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Need knee replacement surgery? Get it before it's too late, study says," 14 Jan. 2020 The study, published Monday in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, followed over 8,000 people with symptoms of knee osteoarthritis for up to eight years. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Most people wait too long for knee replacement surgery, study says," 13 Jan. 2020 But what about people tormented with the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis, particularly in the knees and hips? Amby Burfoot, chicagotribune.com, "Dealing with arthritis pain? Keep moving, or it might get worse.," 15 Nov. 2019 But what about people tormented with the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis, particularly in the knees and hips? Amby Burfoot, Washington Post, "Giving into arthritis pain will only make things worse. Here’s how to keep moving.," 12 Nov. 2019 Corticosteroid injections are often given to reduce pain and inflammation from osteoarthritis. Jacqueline Stenson, NBC News, "Common joint pain treatment may be more harmful than thought," 15 Oct. 2019 In fact, 70 percent of those age 65 and older show some type of osteoarthritis via X-ray. cleveland, "Mandel Jewish Day School postpones building dedication after death of Morton Mandel, 98; University Hts. man named top adjunct teacher; more: Press Run," 18 Oct. 2019 Prevention of equine osteoarthritis varies depending on the type. Texas A&m University, Houston Chronicle, "PET TALK: What to know about equine osteoarthritis," 5 Oct. 2019 Those medications include flu, shingles and measles, mumps and rubella vaccines and osteoarthritis medicine. SFChronicle.com, "PG&E outage: Here’s what’s open and what’s closed," 9 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of osteoarthritis

1878, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for osteoarthritis

New Latin

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“Osteoarthritis.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/osteoarthritis. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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osteoarthritis

noun
How to pronounce osteoarthritis (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of osteoarthritis

medical : a disease that causes the joints to become very painful and stiff

osteoarthritis

noun
os·​teo·​ar·​thri·​tis | \ ˌäs-tē-ō-är-ˈthrīt-əs How to pronounce osteoarthritis (audio) \
plural osteoarthritides\ -​ˈthrit-​ə-​ˌdēz How to pronounce osteoarthritides (audio) \

Medical Definition of osteoarthritis

: a common form of arthritis typically with onset during middle or old age that is characterized by progressive degenerative changes in the cartilage of one or more joints (as of the knees, hips, and hands) accompanied by thickening and overgrowth of adjacent bone and that is marked symptomatically chiefly by stiffness, swelling, pain, deformation of joints, and loss of range of motion abbreviation OA

called also degenerative arthritis, degenerative joint disease, hypertrophic arthritis

— compare rheumatoid arthritis

Other Words from osteoarthritis

osteoarthritic \ -​ˈthrit-​ik How to pronounce osteoarthritic (audio) \ adjective
Treatment for hand and finger osteoarthritis has the same goals as treatment for any osteoarthritic joint: pain reduction, mobility maintenance and minimization of disability. — Paul G. Donohue, The Springfield (Massachusetts) Union-News, 11 Mar. 1998

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