rheu·​mat·​ic | \ ru̇-ˈma-tik How to pronounce rheumatic (audio) \

Definition of rheumatic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, characteristic of, or affected with rheumatism



Definition of rheumatic (Entry 2 of 2)

: one affected with rheumatism

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rheumatically \ ru̇-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce rheumatic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of rheumatic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The study, published in the journal Rheumatology, analyzed side effect data from 491 people with autoimmune inflammatory rheumatic diseases (AIIRD) who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Korin Miller, Health.com, "A Herpes Infection May Be Linked to the COVID Vaccine—Here's Why You Shouldn't Panic," 21 Apr. 2021 And, according to the study, each person who experienced this reaction had preexisting mild cases of autoimmune inflammatory rheumatic diseases. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "No, The COVID Vaccine Won’t Give You Herpes," 21 Apr. 2021 Its narrator, Marian Leatherby, is ninety-two years old, gummy, rheumatic, gray-bearded, and deaf. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, "How Leonora Carrington Feminized Surrealism," 21 Dec. 2020 He was diagnosed with a rheumatic heart as a child and given large drug doses as a result, which turned into a dependency. Lauren Puckett, Harper's BAZAAR, "Will There Be A Season 2 of The Queen’s Gambit?," 30 Oct. 2020 Today, there are countless treatments for RA, including disease-modifying anti rheumatic drugs (DMARDs), non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and low-dose corticosteroids, per the American College of Rheumatology. Tiffany Ayuda, Health.com, "Caroline Wozniacki Opens Up About Having Rheumatoid Arthritis—and Her Struggle to Get Diagnosed," 10 Sep. 2020 Polio can cause paralysis that comes on years after the virus has left the body, and strep throat can lead to rheumatic heart disease after the bacterial invasion subsides. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "Paging Dr. Hamblin: What Is the Coronavirus Doing to Kids?," 1 July 2020 People with rheumatic diseases are typically more susceptible to infections because their medications suppress the immune system. Michele Cohen Marill, Wired, "Doctors Are Pooling Data to Help Understand Covid-19," 25 Mar. 2020 For the past few weeks, Trump has encouraged the use of the drug, hydroxychloroquine, which has been used to prevent malaria and treat rheumatic diseases but has shown promise in early evidence in fighting the coronavirus. NBC News, "Ohio state representative wants to prosecute Trump for 'crimes against humanity'," 8 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of rheumatic


1711, in the meaning defined above


1738, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rheumatic


Middle English rewmatik subject to rheum, from Anglo-French reumatike, from Latin rheumaticus, from Greek rheumatikos, from rheumat-, rheuma

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“Rheumatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rheumatic. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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rheu·​mat·​ic | \ ru̇-ˈmat-ik How to pronounce rheumatic (audio) \

Medical Definition of rheumatic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, characteristic of, or affected with rheumatism rheumatic pain a rheumatic joint



Medical Definition of rheumatic (Entry 2 of 2)

: an individual affected with rheumatism

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