Classification and external resources
ICD-10 M00-M14
ICD-9 716.9
DiseasesDB 15237
MeSH D007592

An arthropathy is a disease of a joint. [1]


Arthritis is a form of arthropathy that involves inflammation of one or more joints,[2] while the term arthropathy may be used regardless of whether there is inflammation or not.

Spondylarthropathy is any form of arthropathy of the vertebral column.[3]

Arthropathy may also include joint conditions caused by physical trauma to joints, but is traditionally used to describe the following conditions:

  • Reactive arthropathy (M02-M03) is caused by an infection, but not a direct infection of the synovial space. (See also Reactive arthritis)
  • Enteropathic arthropathy (M07) is caused by colitis and related conditions.
  • Diabetic arthropathy (M14.2, E10-E14) is caused by diabetes.


  1. ^ "arthropathy" at Dorland's Medical Dictionary
  2. ^ > arthritis in turn citing:
    • The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright 2000
    • Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, HarperCollins Publishers 2003
    • The American Heritage Science Dictionary Copyright 2005
  3. ^ citing:
    • Mosby's Medical Dictionary, 8th edition. © 2009
    • Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003
    • Saunders Comprehensive Veterinary Dictionary, 3 ed. © 2007

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  • Arthropathy — Ar*throp a*thy, n. [Gr. ? joint + ?, ?, to suffer.] (Med.) Any disease of the joints. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • arthropathy — noun a pathology or abnormality of a joint • Hypernyms: ↑pathology * * * ärˈthräpəthē noun ( es) Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary arthr + pathy : a disease of a joint * * * arthropathic …   Useful english dictionary

  • arthropathy — noun (plural thies) Date: circa 1860 a disease of a joint …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • arthropathy — Any disease affecting a joint care should be taken not to confuse arthrosclerosis (stiffness of joints) with atherosclerosis …   Dictionary of molecular biology

  • arthropathy — arthropathic /ahr threuh path ik/, adj. /ahr throp euh thee/, n. disease of the joints. [1875 80; ARTHRO + PATHY] * * * …   Universalium

  • arthropathy — noun Any of several diseases of a joint …   Wiktionary

  • arthropathy — Any disease affecting a joint. [arthro + G. pathos, suffering] diabetic a. a neuropathic a. occurring in diabetes. Jaccoud a. SYN: Jaccoud arthritis. long leg a. a degenerative joint disease that develops, after many years, in the …   Medical dictionary

  • arthropathy — ar·throp·a·thy …   English syllables

  • arthropathy — n. any disease or disorder involving a joint …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • arthropathy — ar•throp•a•thy [[t]ɑrˈθrɒp ə θi[/t]] n. pat disease of the joints • Etymology: 1875–80 ar thro•path′ic θrəˈpæθ ɪk adj …   From formal English to slang