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 This includes conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, Sjögren syndrome, systemic sclerosis, polymyalgia rheumatica, mixed connective tissue disease, dermatomyositis, polymyositis, polyarteritis nodosa, or vasculitis. Anuradha Varanasi, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 Health conditions, such as as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), can also cause dry eyes. Amanda Gardner, Health, 21 Mar. 2024 In the case of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), women are up to three times more likely than men to be diagnosed with the condition. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 18 Mar. 2024 Rheumatoid factor is a protein in the blood of people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), said Bailey. Alyssa Hui, Verywell Health, 1 Mar. 2024 Complicating her prognosis was an immune-suppressing medication Sherri had been taking for rheumatoid arthritis. Cara Lynn Shultz, Peoplemag, 27 Feb. 2024 Testing for rheumatoid arthritis typically involves a combination of methods. Sara Novak, Discover Magazine, 11 Jan. 2024 Scientists have discovered more than 80 autoimmune conditions, including multiple sclerosis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and type 1 diabetes. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Feb. 2024 Topping it off, smoking can weaken bones, destroy the health of gums and cause teeth loss, increase the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration, promote inflammation, decrease immune function, and contribute to Type 2 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 8 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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 13 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

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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