[ roo-muh-tiz-uhm ]
/ ˈru məˌtɪz əm /
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noun Pathology.

any disorder of the extremities or back, characterized by pain and stiffness.



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Origin of rheumatism

1595–1605; <Latin rheumatismus catarrh, rheum <Greek rheumatismós, equivalent to rheumat- (stem of rheûma;see rheum) + -ismos-ism
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British Dictionary definitions for rheumatism

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any painful disorder of joints, muscles, or connective tissueCompare arthritis, fibrositis

Word Origin for rheumatism

C17: from Latin rheumatismus catarrh, from Greek rheumatismos; see rheum
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Medical definitions for rheumatism

[ rōōmə-tĭz′əm ]


Any of several pathological conditions of the muscles, tendons, joints, bones, or nerves, characterized by discomfort and disability.
Rheumatoid arthritis.
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