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rheu·​mat·​ic ru̇-ˈma-tik How to pronounce rheumatic (audio)
: of, relating to, characteristic of, or affected with rheumatism
rheumatically adverb


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: one affected with rheumatism

Examples of rheumatic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
The review found that cannabinoids are effective in treating pain caused by rheumatic diseases, including back pain, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and others. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 3 Apr. 2024 Three studies that were published in 2023 also found an elevated risk for autoimmune inflammatory rheumatic diseases (AIRD) among people who tested positive for Covid-19 compared to those who did not get a Covid-19 diagnosis. Anuradha Varanasi, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 Hydroxychloroquine is an antimalarial drug that is used for some rheumatic conditions, such as systemic lupus, and for some less-common types of hair loss (called scarring alopecias). Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 8 Aug. 2023 Horizon, which is based in Ireland, sells orphan drugs, which are medications for rare diseases, and drugs to treat rheumatic diseases. Lisa Schencker, Chicago Tribune, 16 May 2023 Eventually, Koren said, her team’s work could lead to a variety of new therapies for diseases that currently have no cure, in the form of magnetic stimulation or other non-invasive therapies for patients with rheumatic arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis and other disorders. Larry Luxner, Sun Sentinel, 28 July 2022 Downey says that some of her fatigue is now coming back, and she’s been connecting with other people who have psoriatic arthritis through CreakyJoints, an advocacy and research organization for people with arthritis and rheumatic disease, for support. Korin Miller, SELF, 12 Oct. 2021 Charis Hill of Sacramento, who uses they/them pronouns, has axial spondyloarthritis, a progressive rheumatic inflammatory disease. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Mar. 2023 Psoriasis does cause inflammation in the body, which may explain why people with psoriasis, like other rheumatic disorders, are at higher risk for heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 17 Feb. 2023

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Word History



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

First Known Use


1711, in the meaning defined above


1738, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rheumatic was in 1711

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Cite this Entry

“Rheumatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rheumatic. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: of, relating to, characteristic of, or suffering from rheumatism

Medical Definition


1 of 2 adjective
rheu·​mat·​ic ru̇-ˈmat-ik How to pronounce rheumatic (audio)
: of, relating to, characteristic of, or affected with rheumatism
rheumatic pain
a rheumatic joint


2 of 2 noun
: an individual affected with rheumatism

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