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 abbreviation RA — compare osteoarthritis

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Biosimilars have been approved in the U.S. for five biologic best-sellers on the market as long as 22 years: Humira and Enbrel, for rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and other autoimmune disorders, and the cancer drugs Herceptin, Rituxan and Avastin. NBC News, "Future is in doubt for cheaper versions of biologic drugs," 27 June 2019 By industry standards, Enbrel, an injectable biologic drug, is relatively old, with FDA approval for rheumatoid arthritis in 1998. Author: Christopher Rowland, Anchorage Daily News, "Pfizer had clues its blockbuster drug could prevent Alzheimer’s. Why didn’t it tell the world?," 5 June 2019 By industry standards, Enbrel, an injectable biologic drug, is relatively old, with FDA approval for rheumatoid arthritis in 1998. Christopher Rowland, Washington Post, "Pfizer had clues its blockbuster drug could prevent Alzheimer’s. Why didn’t it tell the world?," 4 June 2019 By industry standards, Enbrel, an injectable biologic drug, is relatively old, with FDA approval for rheumatoid arthritis in 1998. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Pfizer kept quiet about drug’s new Alzheimer’s potential," 4 June 2019 According to STAT News, fetal tissue was involved in the discovery of treatments for rheumatoid arthritis, cystic fibrosis, and hemophilia. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "Fetal Tissue Research Facts and Why It's so Controversial," 6 June 2019 Thousands of women have blamed their implants for a host of other chronic ailments, including rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue and muscle pain. Matthew Perrone, The Seattle Times, "US experts: Too soon to pull breast implants tied to cancer," 26 Mar. 2019 And every part of the body has advantages and disadvantages: The immune system is crucial but can be too reactive, leading to autoimmune diseases such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. David P. Barash, WSJ, "‘Good Reasons for Bad Feelings’ Review: Suffering’s Silver Lining," 13 Feb. 2019 Lozova was treating a 9-year-old girl for rheumatoid arthritis who had been brought 80 kilometers (50 miles) by her mother for treatment because there were no specialists nearer. Mstyslav Chernov, The Seattle Times, "Ukrainian workers, seeing little hope at home, head abroad," 25 Mar. 2019

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1859, in the meaning defined above

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rheumatoid arthritis

noun

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

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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