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« on: January 01, 2003, 03:54:19 PM »
Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

A form of joint inflammation, occurring in children, in which several of the joints may become inflamed.

Juvenile - in kids
Rheumatoid - means really a form of inflammation with sticky material inside the joint space.  In fact this is an old term where the usage is now different from the original meaning.  Rheumy - I think used to mean 'mucous-containing'.  Correct me if I am wrong.
Arthr - means 'joint'
Itis - means 'inflammation of' - arthritis = inflammation of the joint.  

In fact arthritis means more than that these days, but in rheumatoid arthritis the joints do become inflamed - red and hot and painful - usually the small joints mostly (like fingers).

The child is often very ill with it.  Fortunately it can 'burn out' with time.