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 formsrheu·mat·i·cal·ly, adverban·ti·rheu·mat·ic, adjective, nounnon·rheu·mat·ic, adjective, nounpost·rheu·mat·ic, adjectivepre·rheu·mat·ic, adjectivepseu·do·rheu·mat·ic, adjectiveun·rheu·mat·ic, adjective
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Historical Examples of rheumatic

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for rheumatic



of, relating to, or afflicted with rheumatism


a person afflicted with rheumatism
Derived Formsrheumatically, adverb

Word Origin for rheumatic

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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Medicine definitions for rheumatic




Relating to or characterized by rheumatism.


One who is affected by rheumatism.
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