(Science: pathology) Noninflammatory degenerative joint disease occurring chiefly in older persons, characterised by degeneration of the articular cartilage, hypertrophy of bone at the margins and changes in the synovial membrane. It is accompanied by pain and stiffness, particularly after prolonged activity.
Origin: Gr. Arthron = joint
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... your finger joints or they are swollen and painful, it may be something more than the result of knuckle cracking for more than 20 years, such as osteoarthritis or other types of arthritis that involve the finger joints. taken from: http://www.health.uab.edu/show.asp?durki=61723&site=734&return=18687 ...
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