rheumatoid arthritis


Definition of rheumatoid arthritis

: a usually chronic autoimmune disease that is characterized especially by pain, stiffness, inflammation, swelling, and sometimes destruction of joints abbreviation RA — compare osteoarthritis

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Finally, a series of blood tests taken around the time of the U.S. Open confirmed rheumatoid arthritis. Louisa Thomas, Vogue, "A Night Out With Caroline Wozniacki and David Lee, Sports’ Most Romantic Couple," 11 Dec. 2018 Mehri Rezai, 50, a resident of Tehran who has suffered since childhood from rheumatoid arthritis, is in line for extra financial help from the government. Asa Fitch, WSJ, "Iran Moves to Shelter Millions as U.S. Sanctions Bite," 25 Oct. 2018 Other symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include sore, warm, and swollen joints, joint stiffness that’s usually worse in the morning and after inactivity, and fatigue, fever, and weight loss, the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s What It Means If Your Knee Just Won’t Stop Popping," 23 Sep. 2018 Humira, AbbVie’s treatment for immune system disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, has a list price of $4,872 per monthly injection. Linda A. Johnson, The Seattle Times, "US wants drug prices in TV ads: ‘Patients deserve to know’," 16 Oct. 2018 There are many other health conditions that can cause frequent proteinuria, according to the Mayo Clinic, like pregnancy, preeclampsia, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, heart disease, and sickle cell anemia. Korin Miller, SELF, "4 Causes Behind Urine So Foamy It Could Top a Beer," 4 Oct. 2018 Humira, a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, costs $4,872 for a pack of two syringes, which can add up to more than $50,000 a year for some dosing regimens. Peter Loftus, WSJ, "Congress to Drug Makers: Why Stock Buybacks Over Lowered Drug Prices?," 6 Dec. 2018 Sometimes, though, Raynaud’s can be the result of a medicine, such as migraine drugs known as ergots, or a number of underlying conditions that target your blood vessels, including carpal tunnel syndrome, atherosclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "7 Reasons You Might Be Feeling Cold All the Time," 16 Oct. 2018 Inflammation in the body is linked to a number of illnesses and poor health outcomes, including heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Carolyn Todd, Allure, "Everything You Should Know Before Taking Fish Oil Supplements," 21 Aug. 2018

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1859, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of rheumatoid arthritis

medical : a serious disease that continues to become worse over a long period of time and that causes the joints to become very painful, stiff, and swollen

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Medical Definition of rheumatoid arthritis

: a usually chronic disease that is considered an autoimmune disease and is characterized especially by pain, stiffness, inflammation, swelling, and sometimes destruction of joints abbreviation RA

called also atrophic arthritis

— compare osteoarthritis

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