What does arthritis mean?

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ɑrˈθraɪ tɪsarthri·tis

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. arthritisnoun

    inflammation of a joint or joints


  1. Arthritisnoun

    Any inflammation of the joints, including the gout. A variety of forms of arthritis are recognized, some of which (such as rheumatoid arthritis, also called arthritis deformans and arthritis nodosa) are chronic and progressive, and lead to incapacitation and deformity.

    Etymology: [L., fr. Gr. 'arqri^tis (as if fem. of 'arqri`tis belonging to the joints, sc. no`sos disease) gout, fr. 'a`rqron a joint.]


  1. arthritisnoun

    Inflammation of a joint or joints causing pain and/or disability , swelling and stiffness, and due to various causes such as infection, trauma, degenerative changes or metabolic disorders.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Arthritisnoun

    any inflammation of the joints, particularly the gout

    Etymology: [L., fr. Gr. 'arqri^tis (as if fem. of 'arqri`tis belonging to the joints, sc. no`sos disease) gout, fr. 'a`rqron a joint.]


  1. Arthritis

    Arthritis is a form of joint disorder that involves inflammation of one or more joints. There are over 100 different forms of arthritis. The most common form, osteoarthritis, is a result of trauma to the joint, infection of the joint, or age. Other arthritis forms are rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and related autoimmune diseases. Septic arthritis is caused by joint infection. The major complaint by individuals who have arthritis is joint pain. Pain is often a constant and may be localized to the joint affected. The pain from arthritis is due to inflammation that occurs around the joint, damage to the joint from disease, daily wear and tear of joint, muscle strains caused by forceful movements against stiff painful joints and fatigue.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Arthritis

    ar-thrī′tis, n. inflammation of a joint: gout.—adj. Arthrit′ic, relating to or affecting the joints: gouty. [Gr. arthritikosarthron, a joint.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of arthritis in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of arthritis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of arthritis in a Sentence

  1. Guy Eakin:

    The cost of care is dramatically outpacing what the country is putting into research, arthritis can rob people of their lives, and as a leading cause of disability, it is why people retire and go into assisted living, and it's a dramatic cost to our national economy. We can't fix health care if we can't fix arthritis.

  2. Janice Kiecolt-Glaser:

    Inflammation is more and more being seen as associated with a whole host of things you don’t want — cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis, frailty, and functional decline.

  3. Eric Peacock:

    The thing really fascinating to me in particular with autoimmune conditions— Crohn’s and colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, MS, and fibromyalgia— there’s such a pent-up demand to connect with other people who ‘get’ it.

  4. Jeremy Farrar:

    It is impossible to overstate the implications of this work in all Sir Gregory P. Winter daily lives -- biofuels, chemicals, environment, medicine and so much more e.g. treatment of cancer, arthritis, Crohn's, UC and infections -- there are patients with Ebola being treated today with antibody therapies, this has impacted so much of modern medicine.

  5. Cindy McDaniel:

    People who start to experience occasional pain, stiffness and weakness may have early osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis impacting more than 30 million Americans.

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