rheumatoid arthritis

Definitions of rheumatoid arthritis
  1. noun
    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
    synonyms: atrophic arthritis, rheumatism
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    types:
    psoriatic arthritis
    a form of rheumatoid arthritis usually affecting fingers and toes and associated with psoriasis
    Still's disease, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
    a form of rheumatoid arthritis that affects children; large joints become inflamed and bone growth may be retarded
    type 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
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