Bedridden Child Rather spent about three years of his childhood bedridden with rheumatic fever.
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).
rheumatic rheu·mat·ic (rōō-māt'ĭk)adj. Relating to or characterized by rheumatism. n. One who is affected by rheumatism.