[ roo-mat-ik ]
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  1. pertaining to or of the nature of rheumatism.

  2. affected with or subject to rheumatism.

  1. 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

Other words from rheumatic

  • rheu·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • an·ti·rheu·mat·ic, adjective, noun
  • non·rheu·mat·ic, adjective, noun
  • post·rheu·mat·ic, adjective
  • pre·rheu·mat·ic, adjective
  • pseu·do·rheu·mat·ic, adjective
  • un·rheu·mat·ic, adjective

Words Nearby rheumatic

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How to use rheumatic in a sentence

  • Mr. Wolfe stepped aside and caught him around the waist and twisted his leg around the old man's rheumatic one, and held him.

    Gallegher and Other Stories | Richard Harding Davis
  • He becomes blind and deaf, and cannot sleep, afflicted with rheumatic pains and maladies forlorn.

British Dictionary definitions for rheumatic


/ (ruːˈmætɪk) /

  1. of, relating to, or afflicted with rheumatism

  1. a person afflicted with rheumatism

Origin of rheumatic

C14: ultimately from Greek rheumatikos, from rheuma a flow; see rheum

Derived forms of rheumatic

  • rheumatically, adverb

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