Ankylosing spondylitis

a degenerative inflammatory disease, most common in young men, characterized by back pain and impaired mobility of the spinal column.
(med) inflammation of the spine causing two or more vertebrae to become fused

ankylosing spondylitis n.
Arthritis of the spine, resembling rheumatoid arthritis and leading to lipping or fusion of the vertebrae. Also called Strümpell-Marie disease, Marie-Strümpell disease, rheumatoid spondylitis, Strümpell-Marie disease.


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