rheumatoid arthritis

noun

Definition of rheumatoid arthritis

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

First Known Use of rheumatoid arthritis

1859


RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS Defined for English Language Learners

rheumatoid arthritis

noun

Definition of rheumatoid arthritis for English Language Learners

  • 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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rheumatoid arthritis

noun

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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