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osteoarthritis

Pronunciation: os'te-o-ar-thri'tis

Definition: Arthritis characterized by erosion of articular cartilage, either primary or secondary to trauma or other conditions, which becomes soft, frayed, and thinned with eburnation of subchondral bone and outgrowths of marginal osteophytes; pain and loss of function result; mainly affects weight-bearing joints, is more common in old people and animals.

Synonym(s): arthrosis2, degenerative arthritis, degenerative joint disease, osteoarthrosis

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