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RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does rheumatoid arthritis mean? 

RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS (noun)
  The noun RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS has 1 sense:

1. a chronic autoimmune disease with inflammation of the joints and marked deformities; something (possibly a virus) triggers an attack on the synovium by the immune system, which releases cytokines that stimulate an inflammatory reaction that can lead to the destruction of all components of the joint

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RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS (noun)


Sense 1rheumatoid arthritis [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A chronic autoimmune disease with inflammation of the joints and marked deformities; something (possibly a virus) triggers an attack on the synovium by the immune system, which releases cytokines that stimulate an inflammatory reaction that can lead to the destruction of all components of the joint

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Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

atrophic arthritis; rheumatoid arthritis; rheumatism

Hypernyms ("rheumatoid arthritis" is a kind of...):

arthritis (inflammation of a joint or joints)

autoimmune disease; autoimmune disorder (any of a large group of diseases characterized by abnormal functioning of the immune system that causes your immune system to produce antibodies against your own tissues)

Domain category:

virus ((virology) ultramicroscopic infectious agent that replicates itself only within cells of living hosts; many are pathogenic; a piece of nucleic acid (DNA or RNA) wrapped in a thin coat of protein)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "rheumatoid arthritis"):

psoriatic arthritis (a form of rheumatoid arthritis usually affecting fingers and toes and associated with psoriasis)

juvenile rheumatoid arthritis; Still's disease (a form of rheumatoid arthritis that affects children; large joints become inflamed and bone growth may be retarded)


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