Definition of arthritis noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɑːˈθraɪtɪs//
; NAmE NAmE//ɑːrˈθraɪtɪs//
[uncountable] Old age
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a disease that causes pain and swelling in one or more joints of the body It is unclear why some people develop arthritis. see also osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis See related entries: Old age Word Originmid 16th cent.: via Latin from Greek, from arthron ‘joint’. Arthritic was already used in late Middle English.
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