Definition of rheumatism
1 : any of various conditions characterized by inflammation or pain in muscles, joints, or fibrous tissue muscular rheumatism
Recent Examples of rheumatism from the Web
The disease is mostly a relic of the past in rich and middle-income countries, where pediatricians quickly treat strep throat and rheumatic fever in children, which causes the joint pain once called childhood rheumatism.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'rheumatism'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Origin and Etymology of rheumatism
Latin rheumatismus flux, rheum, from Greek rheumatismos, from rheumatizesthai to suffer from a flux, from rheumat-, rheuma flux
First Known Use: 1670See Words from the same year
RHEUMATISM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of rheumatism for English Language Learners
medical : a disease that causes stiffness and pain in the muscles and swelling and pain in the joints
RHEUMATISM Defined for Kids
Definition of rheumatism for Students
: a condition in which muscles or joints are painful
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up rheumatism? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).