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Meaning of RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

Pronunciation:  'roomu`toyd âr'thrItis

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  a chronic autoimmune disease with inflammation of the joints and marked deformities; something (possibly a virus) triggers an attack on the synovium by the immune system, which releases cytokines that stimulate an inflammatory reaction that can lead to the destruction of all components of the joint
 
 Synonyms: atrophic arthritis, rheumatism
 
 See Also: arthritis, autoimmune disease, autoimmune disorder, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, Still's disease

 

 

Biology Dictionary
 
 Definition: Rheumatoid arthritis is symmetrical (occuring in the same joint on both sides of the body) erosive (joint-destroying) polyarthritis (arthritis in several joints) with positive rheumatoid factor.
 

 

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