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[roo-mat-ik] /rʊˈmæt ɪk/ Pathology
pertaining to or of the nature of rheumatism.
affected with or subject to rheumatism.
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
Related forms
rheumatically, adverb
antirheumatic, adjective, noun
nonrheumatic, adjective, noun
postrheumatic, adjective
prerheumatic, adjective
pseudorheumatic, adjective
unrheumatic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for rheumatic
  • rheumatic pains are often attributed by them to this cause.
  • Doctors were all too familiar with the low rumbling murmur generated by blood tortuously flowing through a rheumatic valve.
  • Before penicillin, untreatable strep throat caused lethal epidemics of rheumatic fever via an evil biochemical mimicry.
  • Antibiotics are taken to prevent rare but more serious health problems, such as rheumatic fever.
  • In the past, rheumatic fever was the primary cause of aortic insufficiency.
British Dictionary definitions for rheumatic


of, relating to, or afflicted with rheumatism
a person afflicted with rheumatism
Derived Forms
rheumatically, adverb
Word Origin
C14: ultimately from Greek rheumatikos, from rheuma a flow; see rheum
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Word Origin and History for rheumatic

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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rheumatic in Medicine

rheumatic rheu·mat·ic (rōō-māt'ĭk)
Relating to or characterized by rheumatism. n.
One who is affected by rheumatism.

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