Glossary

Atrophy - (at-ro-phy)
A weakening or degeneration - like that of a muscle (especially through lack of use) Auto Immune - (au-to-im-mune)
A state in which the immune system of the body mistakenly attacks the body’s own cells Cartilage - (car-ti-lage )
Tough elastic tissue that cushions the bones at joints Chronic - (chron-ic )
Being long-lasting and recurrent in nature; characterized by long standing suffering Dislocation - (dis-location)
A displacement of a bone from its normal position (in a joint) Exacerbation - (ex-asser-bay-shun)
aggravation, worsening Flare up - (fler-up)
Intensify suddenly Immobility - (im-mobi-lity)
The quality of not being able to move; becoming fixed Immune system - (im-mune system)
The body system, made up of many organs and cells, which defends the body against infection, disease and foreign substances Immunity - (im-mu-ni-ty )
The body system, made up of many organs and cells, which defends the body against infection, disease and foreign substances. Inflammation - (in-flam-ma-tion )
A response of body tissues to injury or irritation; characterized by pain and swelling and redness and heat Inflammatory - (in-flam-ma-to-ry )
Characterized or caused by inflammation Intermittent - (in-ter-mit-tent )
Stopping and starting at irregular intervals Ligament - (lig-aa-ment)
A sheet or band of tough fibrous tissue that connects bones or cartilages or supporting muscles or organs Polyarthritis - (poly-arth-ritis)
Arthritis which involves five or more joints Polyarticular - (poly-articular)
Involving many joints Remission - (re-mis-sion )
Symptom-free period during the course of a disease Subluxation - (sub-lux-ation)
Partial displacement of a joint or organ Systemic - (sis-temic)
An illness that affects multiple organs, systems or tissues, or the entire body Tendon - (ten-don)
A cord or band of inelastic tissue that connects a muscle with its bony attachment
Rheumatoid Arthritis