polymyalgia rheumatica

[pol-ee-mahy-al-jee-uh roo-mat-i-kuh, -al-juh]
noun Pathology.
  1. a chronic inflammatory disease, common among older persons, characterized by recurrent episodes of muscle pain and stiffness, sometimes leading to cardiovascular complications or blindness.

Origin of polymyalgia rheumatica

From New Latin, dating back to 1955–60; see origin at poly-, myalgia, rheumatic
Also called pol·y·my·al·gi·a.
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  1. Pain in several muscle groups.
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