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  1. pertaining to or of the nature of rheumatism.
  2. affected with or subject to rheumatism.
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  1. a person affected with rheumatism.
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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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Examples from the Web for rheumatics

Historical Examples of rheumatics

  • Lame though of his legs with the rheumatics, and wake in his intellecs for all.

    Capt'n Davy's Honeymoon

    Hall Caine

  • "It's a wonder you don't get rheumatics yourself," vouchsafed Charlotte.

    In Apple-Blossom Time

    Clara Louise Burnham

  • You may be a bit cramped by the morning, and perhaps you may get a twinge of rheumatics, but that'll be all.

    The Birthright

    Joseph Hocking

  • Sometimes also he was laid up with the rheumatics, and was unable to go afloat.

    Peter Trawl

    W. H. G. Kingston

  • She noticed how lame our granny was with the rheumatics, and told me to send up for broth.

    The Carbonels

    Charlotte M. Yonge

British Dictionary definitions for rheumatics


  1. (functioning as singular) informal rheumatism
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  1. of, relating to, or afflicted with rheumatism
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  1. a person afflicted with rheumatism
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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 rheumatics



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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

rheumatics in Medicine


  1. Relating to or characterized by rheumatism.
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  1. One who is affected by rheumatism.
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