housemaid's knee

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Related to housemaid's knee: prepatellar bursitis

house·maid's knee

See prepatellar bursitis.

housemaid's knee

(Pathology) inflammation and swelling of the bursa in front of the kneecap, caused esp by constant kneeling on a hard surface. Technical name: prepatellar bursitis

house′maid's knee′

inflammation of the bursa over the front of the kneecap.
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Noun1.housemaid's knee - swelling of the bursa in the knee (due to trauma or excessive kneeling)
bursitis - inflammation of a bursa; frequently in the shoulder

housemaid's knee

n (Med) → ginocchio della lavandaia
References in classic literature ?
I plodded conscientiously through the twenty-six letters, and the only malady I could conclude I had not got was housemaid's knee.
I reflected that I had every other known malady in the pharmacology, and I grew less selfish, and determined to do without housemaid's knee.
Add to that, a blood group (A+) that is sensitive to allergies, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, I felt like Jerome K Jerome in Three Men in a Boat, flipping through a medical dictionary and experiencing all the symptoms of every disease from A-Z, including the housemaid's knee (which was the only one Jerome did not have).
Prepatellar bursitis, aka housemaid's knee, due to excessive friction when you kneel a lot.
In his novel, Three Men in a Boat, Jerome K Jerome claims to have had every complaint known to man except Housemaid's Knee.
The medical name for housemaid's knee is prepatellar bursitis.
But I feel for Pietersen because he's got one of those injuries - like tennis elbow, housemaid's knee or swine flu - that nobody takes seriously.