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Aug 122014

Arthritis

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A condition that causes inflammation, stiffness and pain in the joints. From Greek term arthron, joint, and latin -itis, inflammation.

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Arthrocentesis

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The clinical procedure where synovial fluid is removed from a joint capsule using a syringe to diagnose gout, arthritis or synovial infection. Also called joint aspiration.

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Arthrodesis

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Surgical fusion of a joint by removing cartilage and positioning adjacent bones to promote bone growth across the joint. A successful fusion eliminates the joint and stops motion, typically to relieve pain or stabilize an unstable joint.

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Arthropathy

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Joint disease. The term arthropathy does not specify the type of joint disease. The word arthropathy originates from the Greek terms arthron, joint, and pathos, suffering.

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Arthroplasty

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Repair or replacement of an entire joint or part of a joint in the body, such as a knee or hip. The word arthroplasty originates from the Greek terms arthron, joint, and plassein, to form or shape.

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