rheu·​ma·​tism | \ ˈrü-mə-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce rheumatism (audio) , ˈru̇-\

Definition of rheumatism

1 : any of various conditions characterized by inflammation or pain in muscles, joints, or fibrous tissue muscular rheumatism

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China has banned its sale since 1993; and demand for its use in traditional Chinese medicine (for fevers, rheumatism and gout) has fallen. The Economist, "How to curb the trade in endangered species," 8 Aug. 2019 Typically dried, ground into powder, and put into pills, pangolin scales are used in a range of traditional Chinese remedies, from treatments to help mothers with lactation to relief for arthritis and rheumatism. Paul Hilton, National Geographic, "Poaching is sending the shy, elusive pangolin to its doom," 17 June 2019 Even so, some practitioners still use rhino horn to treat ailments including fever, rheumatism and gout, while applying tiger-bone products to relieve joint pains and boost male virility. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "China Approves Use of Rhino, Tiger Parts for Medical Treatment and Research," 30 Oct. 2018 Rhino horn is traditionally used to treat ailments including fever, rheumatism and gout, and tiger-bone products have been used for relieving joint pains and boosting male virility. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "China Suspends Its Relaxation of Wildlife-Trade Ban," 12 Nov. 2018 It has also been traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat a range of health issues like breathing problems, rheumatism, serious pain, and fatigue. Korin Miller, SELF, "Turmeric Supplements May Have Caused This Woman's Liver Disease," 24 Sep. 2018 His doctors lied, describing Cleveland’s problem as rheumatism and two badly ulcerated teeth. David Steinberg, BostonGlobe.com, "Should the president undergo independent medical evaluations?," 24 May 2018 Patients at the town spa come to treat rheumatism and phlebitis. Bob Morris, Town & Country, "A Users Guide to Bottled Water," 3 May 2018 The vegetable’s diuretic effects come from the amino acid Asparagine, and has been used to treat swelling, rheumatism, and premenstrual water retention. Stephanie Feuer, Good Housekeeping, "9 Fruits And Vegetables That Are Natural Diuretics—No Pills Necessary," 5 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of rheumatism

1670, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rheumatism

Latin rheumatismus flux, rheum, from Greek rheumatismos, from rheumatizesthai to suffer from a flux, from rheumat-, rheuma flux

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English Language Learners Definition of rheumatism

medical : a disease that causes stiffness and pain in the muscles and swelling and pain in the joints


rheu·​ma·​tism | \ ˈrü-mə-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce rheumatism (audio) \

Kids Definition of rheumatism

: a condition in which muscles or joints are painful


rheu·​ma·​tism | \ ˈrü-mə-ˌtiz-əm How to pronounce rheumatism (audio) , ˈru̇m-ə- How to pronounce rheumatism (audio) \

Medical Definition of rheumatism

1 : any of various conditions characterized by inflammation or pain in muscles, joints, or fibrous tissue muscular rheumatism

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