from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, relating to, or suffering from rheumatism.
  • noun One who is affected by rheumatism.
  • noun Informal Pains caused by rheumatism.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to a rheum or catarrhal affection; of the nature of rheum.
  • Having a rheum or cold; affected by rheum.
  • Causing rheum; unhealthy; damp.
  • Pertaining to or caused by rheumatism; of the nature of rheumatism: as, rheumatic symptoms.
  • Affected by rheumatism; subject to rheumatism: as, a rheumatic patient.
  • Splenetic; choleric.
  • noun One who suffers from or is liable to rheumatism: as, a confirmed rheumatic.
  • noun plural Rheumatic pains; rheumatism.
  • Pathetic: affecting; bringing a flow of tears from the eyes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective obsolete Derived from, or having the character of, rheum; rheumic.
  • adjective (Med.) Of or pertaining to rheumatism; ; affected with rheumatism; ; causing rheumatism.
  • noun One affected with rheumatism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Resembling or referring to rheumatism.
  • noun rare A person suffering from rheumatism

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective of or pertaining to arthritis
  • noun a person suffering with rheumatism


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English reumatik, of rheum, from Old French reumatique, from Latin rheumaticus, suffering from rheum, from Greek rheumatikos, from rheuma, rheumat-, stream; see rheum.]


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