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.