- any disorder of the extremities or back, characterized by pain and stiffness.
- rheumatic fever.
Origin of rheumatism
Examples from the Web for rheumatism
The mere Gabet, now free of her rheumatism, was able to help in the soaping and rinsing.The Dream
Rheumatism, cold, and fever have formed to me a terrible combination.The Letters of Robert Burns
Poor Madame Goujet had died of rheumatism in the month of October.L'Assommoir
I have had the rheumatism since Christmas so bad that I could not walk nor turn myself in bed.
But, my dear, which would you rather have—alterations or rheumatism?Howards End
E. M. Forster
Word Origin and History for rheumatism
c.1600, from Late Latin rheumatismus, from Greek rheumatismos, from rheumatizein "suffer from the flux," from rheuma "a discharge from the body" (see rheum). "The meaning of a disease of the joints is first recorded in 1688, because rheumatism was thought to be caused by an excessive flow of rheum into a joint thereby stretching ligaments" [Barnhart].
- Any of several pathological conditions of the muscles, tendons, joints, bones, or nerves, characterized by discomfort and disability.
- Rheumatoid arthritis.