rheu·ma·tism | \ˈrü-mə-ˌti-zəm, 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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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 Because of his war experiences, Metcalf became so crippled with rheumatism that his colleagues had to carry him upstairs to the county courtroom. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland.com, "'Civil War Voices' ring out in St. Paul's Church in Medina: Bicentennial Notes," 9 Apr. 2018 In particular, citizens of Germany and Britain used cod liver oil to treat rickets, rheumatism, gout and tuberculosis during the 18th century. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Health effects of fish oil: Where do we stand?," 1 Mar. 2018 His father suffered from rheumatism but salicylic acid caused him to vomit. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "Aspirin’s Four-Thousand-Year History," 10 Aug. 2017 The slow-growing shrub has medicinal properties — its root can be used to treat rheumatism — and is used in dyes, varnish, lipstick and incense. Tonya Alanez, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Rare Dragon Blood tree must come down, Fort Lauderdale told," 17 Aug. 2017 Who CBT Can Help CBT can help with everything from mood disorders to OCD to addiction to chronic pain and rheumatism, according to the National Institute of Health. Amy Capetta, Good Housekeeping, "What Is CBT?," 17 July 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 \

Kids Definition of rheumatism

: a condition in which muscles or joints are painful


rheu·ma·tism | \ˈrü-mə-ˌtiz-əm, ˈru̇m-ə- \

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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