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[roo-mat-ik] /rʊˈmæt ɪk/ Pathology
pertaining to or of the nature of rheumatism.
affected with or subject to rheumatism.
a person affected with rheumatism.
Origin of rheumatic
1350-1400; Middle English reumatik < Latin rheumaticus < Greek rheumatikós, equivalent to rheumat- (stem of rheûma; see rheum) + -ikos -ic
Related forms
rheumatically, adverb
antirheumatic, adjective, noun
nonrheumatic, adjective, noun
postrheumatic, adjective
prerheumatic, adjective
pseudorheumatic, adjective
unrheumatic, adjective Unabridged
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  • When did a rheumatic ploughman have recourse to Bath or Buxton?

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • Before morning I was aching all over: I had rheumatic fever.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • Being but a hewer of wood and drawer of water, she is rheumatic.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • While they were waiting for the rheumatic piano to resume they promenaded.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • Mary, the nurse, went over with me to see her, and says she has rheumatic fever.

    A Woman who went to Alaska May Kellogg Sullivan
  • There is no weakness like the rheumatic, I have heard, and 'tis true, 'tis true.

    The Frozen Pirate W. Clark Russell
  • It is esteemed serviceable in rheumatic cases, rubbed on the parts affected.

    Welsh Folk-Lore Elias Owen
  • The so-called "growing pains" are often of rheumatic origin.

    The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler
  • He lay there groaning in the fierce clutches of rheumatic fever.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
British Dictionary definitions for rheumatic


of, relating to, or afflicted with rheumatism
a person afflicted with rheumatism
Derived Forms
rheumatically, adverb
Word Origin
C14: ultimately from Greek rheumatikos, from rheuma a flow; see rheum
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Word Origin and History for rheumatic

late 14c., from Old French reumatique (Modern French rhumatique), from Latin rheumaticus "troubled with rheum," from Greek rheumatikos, from rheuma "discharge from the body" (see rheum).

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rheumatic in Medicine

rheumatic rheu·mat·ic (rōō-māt'ĭk)
Relating to or characterized by rheumatism. n.
One who is affected by rheumatism.

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