Meaning of rheumatoid arthritis

rheu'matoid arthri'tis

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— Pathol. Pathol.
  1. 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.
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