rheumatism

[roo-muh-tiz-uhm]
noun Pathology.
1.
any disorder of the extremities or back, characterized by pain and stiffness.

Origin:
1595–1605; < Latin rheumatismus catarrh, rheum < Greek rheumatismós, equivalent to rheumat- (stem of rheûma; see rheum) + -ismos -ism

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rheumatism (ˈruːməˌtɪzəm)
 
n
arthritis Compare fibrositis any painful disorder of joints, muscles, or connective tissue
 
[C17: from Latin rheumatismus catarrh, from Greek rheumatismos; see rheum]

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rheumatism rheu·ma·tism (rōō'mə-tĭz'əm)
n.

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

  2. rheumatoid arthritis.

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rheumatism

any of several disorders that have in common inflammation of the connective tissues, especially the muscles, joints, and associated structures. The most common symptoms are pain and stiffness. Specific diseases that are alternatively called rheumatism include rheumatoid arthritis (q.v.); rheumatic fever (q.v.); septic arthritis (q.v.) that accompanies such diseases as gonorrhea, tuberculosis, or mycotic diseases (caused by fungus); and osteoarthritis (q.v.).

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Example sentences
Sufferers of arthritis and rheumatism are treated with mud packs made from the sea bottom.
He contracted rheumatism in the hands during the war and was discharged for disabilities.
The prices are good as the belief is that it cures ailments such as arthritis and rheumatism.
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