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.
Some of the men thought they were being treated for rheumatism or bad stomachs.
Glimlife Australia Pty Ltd. was promoting fish oil, pain relief balms for rheumatism and arthritis, and Manuka honey, which sells for as much as 600 yuan for a 500 gram jar because of its antibacterial properties.
Arsenic was also incorporated into a variety of medications, including treatments for rheumatism.
And, given Bishop’s increasing infirmities—the old asthma (aggravated by smoking), the new rheumatism, recurrent dysentery, the occasional broken bone due to a drunken fall—the young woman could easily have passed for her caretaker.
Some believe the bones, ground into a powder, can cure rheumatism and arthritis.
The resurgence in demand for tiger bone wine in particular, which is believed to cure rheumatism and impotence, has helped drive the success of these farms.
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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
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