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arthritis Syllabification: ar·thri·tis
Pronunciation: /ärˈTHrīdəs/

Definition of arthritis in English:


Painful inflammation and stiffness of the joints.
Example sentences
  • Some people with psoriasis develop an inflammation of the joints known as psoriatic arthritis.
  • We get through our cancer and heart disease only to face arthritis, dementia, and osteoporosis.
  • Bone and joint ailments such as arthritis and rheumatism are often reported too.


Mid 16th century: via Latin from Greek, from arthron 'joint'. Arthritic was already used in late Middle English.

Words that rhyme with arthritis

appendicitis, bronchitis, cellulitis, colitis, conjunctivitis, cystitis, dermatitis, encephalitis, gastroenteritis, gingivitis, hepatitis, laryngitis, lymphangitis, meningitis, nephritis, neuritis, osteoarthritis, pericarditis, peritonitis, pharyngitis, sinusitis, tonsillitis
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