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  • adj. of, relating to, or producing rheum from the mucous membranes; watery

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to rheum; abounding in, or causing, rheum; affected with rheum.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Affected by rheum; full of rheum or watery matter.
  • Causing rheum.

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

  • adj. moist, damp, wet (especially of air)
  • adj. of or pertaining to arthritis


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