One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any disorder that affects both bones and joints; especially in "hypertrophic pulmonary osteoarthropathy"noun a syndrome characterized by periosteal new bone formation involving the long bones and phalanges, a variable degree of arthritis, and often clubbing of the fingers, seen in association with pulmonary and various other diseases.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in The British Medical Journal. From osteo- + arthropathy, after French ostéo-arthropathie.
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