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Line breaks: arth|ritis
Pronunciation: /ɑːˈθrʌɪtɪs

Definition of arthritis in English:


[mass noun]
A disease causing 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.



Pronunciation: /-ˈθrɪtɪk/
adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • 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.

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