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

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For example, in a 2017 study published in Pain, researchers gave rats an injection into one of their knee joints to model osteoarthritis. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Do Topical CBD Products Actually Do Anything for Pain?," 19 Apr. 2019 The company’s drugs include treatments for osteoarthritis, weak appetites and pain relief after surgery. ... Charley Grant, WSJ, "This Biotech Is Going to the Dogs," 27 Apr. 2019 By age 50, most people have some amount of damage due to osteoarthritis, so spinal stenosis is most common in older adults. Korin Miller, SELF, "New York Mets Player David Wright Announced He's Retiring Due to Spinal Stenosis," 4 Oct. 2018 Services include health exams, labs, specialized supplements, nutritional and lifestyle counseling, gynecological care, IV therapy, and musculoskeletal treatments for chronic pain, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis and more. Laura Groch, sandiegouniontribune.com, "New businesses: art school, U-Haul dealer, Gracedbygrit popup and more," 12 Apr. 2018 The most common cause of spinal stenosis is run-of-the-mill osteoarthritis, the Mayo Clinic says, but there are a variety of risk factors. Korin Miller, SELF, "New York Mets Player David Wright Announced He's Retiring Due to Spinal Stenosis," 4 Oct. 2018 Ginger can also relieve pain in osteoarthritis patients. Alexandra Gekas, Woman's Day, "5 Pain-Fighting Foods," 31 Mar. 2011 There are also surgical treatments for osteoarthritis if necessary, like injecting your joint with cortisone to help with pain. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s What It Means If Your Knee Just Won’t Stop Popping," 23 Sep. 2018 One of them, Unity Biotech, is set to launch an early clinical trial of a drug candidate for osteoarthritis, one of aging’s earliest, most ubiquitous and most disabling diseases. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "This drug cocktail reduced signs of age-related diseases and extended life in mice and human cells," 10 July 2018

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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

noun

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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