a chronic autoimmune disease characterized by inflammation of the joints, frequently accompanied by marked deformities, and ordinarily associated with manifestations of a general, or systemic, affliction.
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 n.
A chronic and progressive systemic disease, especially common in women, characterized by stiffness and inflammation of the joints and sometimes leading to deformity and disability. Also called arthritis deformans.
A chronic autoimmune disease characterized by progressive arthritis of several small or medium-sized joints, especially in the hands. Symptoms can include morning stiffness, joint swelling and weakness, and deformity and disability.
noun, Biochemistry. 1. an antibody that is found in the blood of many persons afflicted with rheumatoid arthritis and that reacts against globulins in the blood. rheumatoid factor n. Abbr. RF Any of the immunoglobulins found in the serum of individuals with rheumatoid arthritis that enhance the agglutination of suspended particles that are coated with […]
- Rheumatoid nodule
rheumatoid nodule n. A subcutaneous nodule occurring most commonly over bony prominences in some patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
noun, Pathology. 1. ankylosing spondylitis. rheumatoid spondylitis n. See ankylosing spondylitis.
[roo-muh-tol-uh-jist] /ˌru məˈtɒl ə dʒɪst/ noun 1. a specialist in rheumatology, especially a physician who specializes in the treatment of rheumatic diseases, as arthritis, lupus erythematosus, and scleroderma. rheumatologist rheu·ma·tol·o·gist (rū-mā- tol’ō-jist) n. a specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of rheumatic conditions