Definition of arthritis in English:


Syllabification: ar·thri·tis
Pronunciation: /ärˈTHrītis


  • Painful inflammation and stiffness of the joints.
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    • 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.



Pronunciation: /-ˈTHritik/
adjective & noun
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  • An arthritic joint often contains loose bodies that interfere with smooth movement.
  • Asthmatics and arthritics do better by objective measures, such as peak flow rate or flexibility.
  • Now I must rest my arthritic fingers, twisted with the hard labor of my 50 years.


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

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