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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
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 rheumatisms

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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rheumatisms 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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Encyclopedia Article for rheumatisms

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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