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  chronic breakdown of cartilage in the joints; the most common form of arthritis occurring usually after middle age
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"Osteoarthritis" is a type of arthritis characterized by pain and stiffness in the joints, such as those in the hands, hips, knees, spine or feet, due to breakdown of cartilage — usually due to "wear and tear", or perhaps due to trauma.

Word Prefix:  Note that "osteo" means "bone".

Word Suffix:  Note that "itis" means "inflammation of".
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Associated words [difficulty]:   osteoarthritis , osteoporosis [8] , rheumatoid arthritis [8]
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