rheumatic

[ roo-mat-ik ]
/ rʊˈmæt ɪk /
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adjective

pertaining to or of the nature of rheumatism.
affected with or subject to rheumatism.

noun

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
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British Dictionary definitions for rheumatics (1 of 2)

rheumatics

/ (ruːˈmætɪks) /

noun

(functioning as singular) informal rheumatism

British Dictionary definitions for rheumatics (2 of 2)

rheumatic

/ (ruːˈmætɪk) /

adjective

of, relating to, or afflicted with rheumatism

noun

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 rheumatics

rheumatic


adj.

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 rheumatics

rheumatic

[ rōō-mătĭk ]

adj.

Relating to or characterized by rheumatism.

n.

One who is affected by rheumatism.
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