rheumatoid arthritis

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rheumatoid arthritis

a chronic disease of the musculoskeletal system, characterized by inflammation and swelling of joints (esp joints in the hands, wrists, knees, and feet), muscle weakness, and fatigue

rheumatoid arthritis

[′rü·mə‚tȯid är′thrīd·əs]
(medicine)
A chronic systemic inflammatory disease of connective tissue in which symptoms and changes predominate in articular and related structures. Also known as atrophic arthritis; chronic infectious arthritis; proliferative arthritis.
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Key Words: Rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatoid factor, anticyclic citrullinated peptide antibody, TNF-[alpha] inhibitors, infliximab
Like some other forms of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis occurs much more frequently in women than in men.
The combined diagnosed populations of patients with Crohn's disease, psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and ulcerative colitis in seven leading pharmaceutical markets (United States, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, and Japan) will grow from 19 million in 2010 to 20.