Housemaid's knee
Housemaid House"maid`, n. A female servant employed to do housework, esp. to take care of the rooms. [1913 Webster]

{Housemaid's knee} (Med.), a swelling over the knee, due to an enlargement of the bursa in the front of the kneepan; -- so called because frequently occurring in servant girls who work upon their knees. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • housemaid's knee — ► NOUN ▪ inflammation of the fluid filled cavity covering the kneecap, often due to excessive kneeling …   English terms dictionary

  • housemaid's knee — n. an inflammation of the saclike cavity covering the kneecap, caused by much kneeling …   English World dictionary

  • housemaid's knee — noun swelling of the bursa in the knee (due to trauma or excessive kneeling) • Hypernyms: ↑bursitis * * * ˌhousemaid s ˈknee 7 [housemaid s knee] noun uncountable a condition in which the space around the ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Housemaid's knee — The patellofemoral syndrome (PFS), the commonest cause of chronic knee pain. PFS characteristically causes vague discomfort of the inner knee area, aggravated by activity (running, jumping, climbing or descending stairs) or by prolonged sitting… …   Medical dictionary

  • housemaid's knee — house′maid s knee′ n. pat inflammation of the bursa over the front of the kneecap • Etymology: 1825–35 …   From formal English to slang

  • housemaid's knee — knee injury caused by trauma to the knee (such as excessive kneeling) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • housemaid's knee — noun Etymology: from its occurrence among women who work a great deal on their knees Date: 1831 a swelling over the knee due to an enlargement of the bursa in the front of the patella …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • housemaid's knee — /haʊsmeɪdz ˈni/ (say howsmaydz nee) noun inflammation of the bursa over the anterior region of the knee …   Australian English dictionary

  • housemaid's knee — Pathol. inflammation of the bursa over the front of the kneecap. [1825 35] * * * …   Universalium

  • housemaid's knee — noun Swelling of the bursa before the kneecap. Syn: prepatellar bursitis …   Wiktionary

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