rheumatism

noun rheu·ma·tism \ ˈrü-mə-ˌti-zəm , ˈru̇- \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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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Origin and Etymology of rheumatism

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


RHEUMATISM Defined for English Language Learners

rheumatism

noun

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

rheumatism

noun rheu·ma·tism \ ˈrü-mə-ˌti-zəm \

Definition of rheumatism for Students

: a condition in which muscles or joints are painful

Medical Dictionary

rheumatism

noun 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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