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 — compare osteoarthritis

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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 The brand-name versions of drugs that have led to biosimilars include some of the most successful and recognizable drugs on the market, such as Remicade and Enbrel for rheumatoid arthritis, and the cancer drug Herceptin. Thomas M. Burton, WSJ, "FDA Unveils Effort to Get ‘Biosimilar’ Drugs on the Market Faster," 18 July 2018 That includes causes beyond infections, like rheumatoid arthritis. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "11 Potential Causes of Those Night Sweats That Leave You Drenched," 30 June 2018 And on top of that, needle fatigue is a problem for patients who take drugs for chronic conditions like multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Mike Feibus, USA TODAY, "Afraid of needles? These start-ups are working on alternatives," 8 July 2018 The implants were approved in 2005 for treating depression and are being studied as a potential therapy for rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis and other chronic conditions. Tim Hornyak, Scientific American, "Could Future Nerve Implants Detect and Monitor Illness?," 10 May 2018 Basically anything that can give you a fever, including autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritisNotice a pattern with tuberculosis, brucellosis, and HIV/AIDS? Nina Bahadur, SELF, "11 Potential Causes of Those Night Sweats That Leave You Drenched," 30 June 2018 The cost of one rheumatoid arthritis medication soared from $6 per pill in 2011 to $135 in 2015. NBC News, "Medicare spending on name-brand drugs rose by 77 percent over five years, even as usage fell," 5 June 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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