rheu·​ma·​toid ˈrü-mə-ˌtȯid How to pronounce rheumatoid (audio)
: characteristic of or affected with rheumatoid arthritis

Examples of rheumatoid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web How is rheumatoid vasculitis treated? Sarah Bradley, Health.com, 1 Feb. 2022 The trouble is, her rheumatoid tests are negative, and her symptoms started after traveling. Claire Panosian Dunavan, Discover Magazine, 8 Oct. 2014 Conjectures vary from family history of rheumatoid illnesses to childhood trauma and severe physical or emotional stress. Urmi Bhattacheryya, Discover Magazine, 24 Aug. 2020 Revenue for breast cancer treatment Ibrance dropped 7% to roughly $1.3 billion, while rheumatoid-arthritis drug Xeljanz fell 18% to $502 million. Jared S. Hopkins, WSJ, 1 Nov. 2022 Hydroxychloroquine is often used to treat lupus and rheumatoid disease. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, 28 May 2020 In a March 31 opinion piece, researchers urged their colleagues to protect patients with rheumatoid conditions and avoid misusing hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 10 Apr. 2020 Other drugs that helped drive Novartis’s growth last year were Cosentyx for psoriasis and certain rheumatoid conditions, and Entresto for heart failure. Denise Roland, WSJ, 29 Jan. 2020 Pfizer Inc. said this month that Inflectra, its version of the blockbuster Johnson & Johnson rheumatoid arthritis drug Remicade brought in $94 million in the second quarter. Jared S Hopkins, Bloomberg.com, 15 Aug. 2017 See More

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Word History


International Scientific Vocabulary, from rheumatism

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rheumatoid was in 1845

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“Rheumatoid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rheumatoid. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


rheu·​ma·​toid -ˌtȯid How to pronounce rheumatoid (audio)
: characteristic of or affected with rheumatoid arthritis
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