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rheumatism

[roo-muh-tiz-uh m] /ˈru məˌtɪz əm/
noun, Pathology
1.
any disorder of the extremities or back, characterized by pain and stiffness.
Origin of rheumatism
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin rheumatismus catarrh, rheum < Greek rheumatismós, equivalent to rheumat- (stem of rheûma; see rheum) + -ismos -ism
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British Dictionary definitions for rheumatism

rheumatism

/ˈruːməˌtɪzəm/
noun
1.
any painful disorder of joints, muscles, or connective tissue Compare arthritis, fibrositis
Word Origin
C17: from Latin rheumatismus catarrh, from Greek rheumatismos; see rheum
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Word Origin and History for rheumatism
n.

c.1600, from Late Latin rheumatismus, from Greek rheumatismos, from rheumatizein "suffer from the flux," from rheuma "a discharge from the body" (see rheum). "The meaning of a disease of the joints is first recorded in 1688, because rheumatism was thought to be caused by an excessive flow of rheum into a joint thereby stretching ligaments" [Barnhart].

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rheumatism in Medicine

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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