• WordNet 3.6
    • adj rheumatic of or pertaining to arthritis "my creaky old joints","rheumy with age and grief"
    • n rheumatic a person suffering with rheumatism
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bees have been known to cure rheumatism.
    • Rheumatic Derived from, or having the character of, rheum; rheumic.
    • Rheumatic (Med) Of or pertaining to rheumatism; as, rheumatic pains or affections; affected with rheumatism; as, a rheumatic old man; causing rheumatism; as, a rheumatic day. "That rheumatic diseases do abound."
    • n Rheumatic One affected with rheumatism.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: According to an age old custom, carrying a dead shrew in your pocket wards off rheumatism
    • rheumatic Pertaining to a rheum or catarrhal affection; of the nature of rheum.
    • rheumatic Having a rheum or cold; affected by rheum.
    • rheumatic Causing rheum; unhealthy; damp.
    • rheumatic Pertaining to or caused by rheumatism; of the nature of rheumatism: as, rheumatic symptoms.
    • rheumatic Affected by rheumatism; subject to rheumatism: as, a rheumatic patient.
    • rheumatic Splenetic; choleric.
    • n rheumatic One who suffers from or is liable to rheumatism: as, a confirmed rheumatic.
    • n rheumatic plural Rheumatic pains; rheumatism.
    • rheumatic Pathetic: affecting; bringing a flow of tears from the eyes.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rheumatic one who suffers from rheumatism:
    • adjs Rheumatic pertaining to or affected with rheumatism: choleric
    • n Rheumatic (pl.) rheumatic pains (coll.)
    • ***


  • William Feather
    “Life begins at 40 -- but so do fallen arches, rheumatism, faulty eyesight, and the tendency to tell a story to the same person, three or four times.”
  • Marie E. Eschenbach
    Marie E. Eschenbach
    “We don't believe in rheumatism and true love until after the first attack.”
  • Josh Billings
    “The best medicine I know for rheumatism is to thank the Lord it ain't the gout.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. subject to a discharge or flux: cf. L. rheumaticus, F. rhumatique,. See Rheum Rheumatism
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. rheumarhein, to flow.


In literature:

The breakfast passed quickly with not a sound or sigh from Aunt Selina about rheumatism.
"The Blue Birds' Winter Nest" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
"A Newly Discovered System of Electrical Medication" by Daniel Clark
The writer was confined to the house with a severe attack of rheumatism.
"Down the Rhine" by Oliver Optic
I can't bear to see him sitting on that hard chair of his, with his rheumatism and all.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
Many who have been kept awake through the night by cold or rheumatism now huddle around the stoves and try to sleep.
"Lights and Shadows in Confederate Prisons" by Homer B. Sprague
If the disease be rheumatism, he must not eat the leg of any animal, because the limbs are generally the seat of this malady.
"The Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees" by James Mooney
And who ever heard of rheumatism at your age?
"Hildegarde's Holiday" by Laura E. Richards
Well, what with your sprain and my rheumatics I think I can manage it.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
About a month afterwards he had some rheumatic affections, which were removed by guiacum.
"An Account of the Foxglove and some of its Medical Uses" by William Withering
I got asthma and cripple with rheumatism.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration

In poetry:

Dick's a sturdy little lad
Yonder throwing stones;
Agues and rheumatic pains
Will fiddle on his bones.
"Under The Locusts" by John Crowe Ransom
"Now, madam, give them up, I beg -
I've had rheumatics in my leg;
Besides, until you do, it's plain
I cannot come to sight again!
"The Perils of Invisibility" by William Schwenck Gilbert
MRS. PRICE. Your man has moved your clothes there; 'tis a job
Not suited to my time of life. I've got
A mort o' twinges. What with the rheumatics
"The Wynnes Of Wynhavod. Act IV" by Emily Pfeiffer
Refugee camps in hospital shacks
Newborn lay naked on mother's thin laps
Monkeysized week old Rheumatic babe eye
Gastoenteritis Blood Poison thousands must die
"September On Jessore Road" by Allen Ginsberg
I nurse and curse rheumatic pain
As on the porch I sit;
With nothing special in my brain
I rock and smoke and spit:
When one is nearing to the end
One sorely needs a friend.
"Old Bob" by Robert W Service

In news:

Carson McCullers ' undiagnosed childhood bout with rheumatic fever plagued her throughout her life and often sent her to bed for long periods of convalescence.
2 Taubert Ka, Rowley Ah, Shulman St. Nationwide survey of Kawasaki disease and acute rheumatic fever.
Lazzeri, survivor of rheumatic fever.
Rheumatic Fever Cases Posing Many Puzzles As Comeback Is Feared.
ACUTE rheumatic fever is a disease that most Americans have forgotten because it virtually disappeared from the United States a generation ago.
Rheumatism (roo-muh-tism) and arthritis are terms often used interchangeably.
Arthritis is a general term used to describe joints affected by inflammation or degenerative changes and is only one of the many conditions categorized as rheumatic (roo-mah-tik) disease.
Arthritis and rheumatism (ROO-mah-tism) are often used interchangeably.
Rheumatic Fever and Streptococcal Infection.
Sato H, Tanabe N, Murasawa A, et al, Niigata Rheumatic Center, Shibata City, Japan, and other centers.
Steps to cut rheumatic fever rate.
Dr Stan Shulman, foreign expert on rheumatic fever .
Today, we examine Rheumatic Fever.
Take Wilma Rudolph, who was born pre-mature at 4-1/2 pounds at birth and burdened with double pneumonia and rheumatic fever at the age of four.
Primer On the Rheumatic Diseases.