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

Examples of rheumatoid arthritis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The baricitinib pill already is sold as Olumiant to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: Sept. 14-15," 18 Sep. 2020 Currently it is approved to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, "Lilly study shows its drug for rheumatoid arthritis helps in coronavirus treatment," 16 Sep. 2020 Some research suggests that meditating regularly may help people cope with rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. Amy Marturana Winderl, SELF, "10 Little Life Hacks People With Rheumatoid Arthritis Swear By," 11 Sep. 2020 Poor immune function also contributes to pulmonary problems such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease; and metabolic disorders. Kathryn Crawford, The Conversation, "How chemicals like PFAS can increase your risk of severe COVID-19," 31 Aug. 2020 The agency issued a complete response letter for filgotinib, a JAK inhibitor drug to treat rheumatoid arthritis, but wants more data on the effect on patient sperm counts. Ed Silverman, STAT, "After FDA rejection of a key drug, is Gilead still a turnaround story?," 19 Aug. 2020 The Swiss drug giant was attempting to see whether or not Actemra, an anti-inflammatory which treats rheumatoid arthritis, could be promising for patients who had been hospitalized for COVID-19 with severe symptoms. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Roche tried to see if its arthritis drug could fight coronavirus. It didn’t work," 29 July 2020 Already approved to treat rheumatoid arthritis, baricitinib also targets the immune system overreaction by blocking proteins called JAK 1 and JAK 2, which act as signals that can accelerate the production of cytokines. Amanda Morris, The Arizona Republic, "Could one of these drugs be the next emergency treatment for COVID-19?," 6 Apr. 2020 In the early stages, rheumatoid arthritis is often limited to the smaller joints. Beth Krietsch, SELF, "5 Questions People With Rheumatoid Arthritis Should Ask Their Doctors," 26 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of rheumatoid arthritis

1859, in the meaning defined above

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“Rheumatoid arthritis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rheumatoid%20arthritis. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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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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