rheu·​ma·​tism ˈrü-mə-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce rheumatism (audio)
: any of various conditions characterized by inflammation or pain in muscles, joints, or fibrous tissue
muscular rheumatism

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web It’s said to help with ailments ranging from rheumatism and arthritis to respiratory issues and skin problems. Mosha Lundström Halbert, Vogue, 21 July 2022 In fact, back in the 19th century, oil was an annoying by-product of brine wells drilled by salt prospectors; it was either discarded or bottled and hawked to gullible customers as a cure for rheumatism and sprains. Mac Margolis, Discover Magazine, 17 Jan. 2011 At Carolus Thermen, the sprawling bathhouse complex in Aachen's leafy Stadtpark, whose waters Charlemagne once relied upon to soothe his rheumatism, the soft cascade of rushing water was punctuated by the trill of voices. William Cook, Condé Nast Traveler, 27 Oct. 2022 Haygarth pitted these rods against sham, wooden Perkins tractors that looked just the same as the 5-guinea ones on sale, and found that 4 of 5 patients with rheumatism reported that their pain improved. Rosie Mestel, Discover Magazine, 19 May 2021 If inhaled, the organisms could end up in the lungs and cause a pneumonia called, variously, coccidioidomycosis or desert rheumatism or Valley fever. Lisa Sanders, M.d., New York Times, 2 Nov. 2022 That paper suggests the Amazonians used the bite to treat rheumatism for centuries. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 14 July 2022 It’s located in the Natural Park of the Lagunas de la Mata y Torrevieja and in addition to having exceptional color, this lake is said to have therapeutic properties — especially for rheumatism — thanks to the healing components of its salty waters. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 15 May 2022 One member, Yuri Yudin, turned back on January 27 because his rheumatism had flared up, and the knee and joint pain was too severe to continue. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 31 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1670, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rheumatism was in 1670

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Cite this Entry

“Rheumatism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rheumatism. Accessed 28 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


rheu·​ma·​tism ˈrü-mə-ˌtiz-əm How to pronounce rheumatism (audio)
: any of various conditions marked by stiffness, pain, or swelling in muscles or joints

Medical Definition


rheu·​ma·​tism ˈrü-mə-ˌtiz-əm How to pronounce rheumatism (audio) ˈru̇m-ə- How to pronounce rheumatism (audio)
: any of various conditions characterized by inflammation or pain in muscles, joints, or fibrous tissue
muscular rheumatism

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