osteoarthritis

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noun os·te·o·ar·thri·tis \ˌä-stē-ō-är-ˈthrī-təs\

Definition of osteoarthritis

  1. :  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 — compare rheumatoid arthritis

osteoarthritic

play \ˌä-stē-ō-är-ˈthri-tik\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of osteoarthritis

New Latin


First Known Use: 1878


OSTEOARTHRITIS Defined for English Language Learners

osteoarthritis

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noun os·te·o·ar·thri·tis \ˌä-stē-ō-är-ˈthrī-təs\

Definition of osteoarthritis for English Language Learners

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


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osteoarthritis

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noun os·teo·ar·thri·tis \ˌäs-tē-ō-är-ˈthrīt-əs\

Medical Definition of osteoarthritis

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osteoarthrithritides

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  1. :  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

osteoarthritic

\-ˈthrit-ik\play 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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