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.
Any of the immunoglobulins found in the serum of individuals with rheumatoid arthritis that enhance the agglutination of suspended particles that are coated with pooled human gamma globulin and that are used to diagnose the disease.
- 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
[roo-muh-tol-uh-jee] /ˌru məˈtɒl ə dʒi/ noun 1. the study and treatment of rheumatic diseases. rheumatology /ˌruːməˈtɒlədʒɪ/ noun 1. the branch of medicine concerned with the study of rheumatic diseases rheumatology rheu·ma·tol·o·gy (rōō’mə-tŏl’ə-jē) n. The medical science that deals with the study and treatment of rheumatic diseases. rheu’ma·tol’o·gist n.