• WordNet 3.6
    • n rheumatism any painful disorder of the joints or muscles or connective tissues
    • n rheumatism a chronic autoimmune disease with inflammation of the joints and marked deformities; something (possibly a virus) triggers an attack on the synovium by the immune system, which releases cytokines that stimulate an inflammatory reaction that can lead to the destruction of all components of the joint
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bees have been known to cure rheumatism.
    • n Rheumatism (Med) A general disease characterized by painful, often multiple, local inflammations, usually affecting the joints and muscles, but also extending sometimes to the deeper organs, as the heart.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: According to an age old custom, carrying a dead shrew in your pocket wards off rheumatism
    • n rheumatism The disease specifically known as acute articular rheumatism (see below)—the name including also subacute and chronic forms apparently of the same causation. The word is used with a certain and unfortunate freedom in application to joint pains of various origins and anatomical forms.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rheumatism a name still used somewhat loosely, but applying specially to an acute febrile disease, with swelling and pain in and around the larger joints
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  • 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
L. rheumatismus, rheum, Gr. , fr. to have or suffer from a flux, fr. rheum: cf. F. rheumatisme,. See 2d Rheum
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. rheumarhein, to flow.


In literature:

He had a lot of alibis, but mostly he complained that he was gettin' rheumatism from livin' in such damp quarters.
"Torchy As A Pa" by Sewell Ford
The so-called "growing pains" are often of rheumatic origin.
"The Mother and Her Child" by William S. Sadler
Thank goodness, she's rheumatic or something, and we can open our mouths there.
"My Friend Smith" by Talbot Baines Reed
They're all old men, for a fact, and I've noticed that Borden complains of rheumatism pretty bad.
"The Pirate Shark" by Elliott Whitney
I know they make rheumatism worse.
"The Independence of Claire" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Mrs Hamps was fighting chronic rheumatism at home.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
Her husband, she added, had a rheumatism, and the night air might injure him.
"Travels through the South of France and the Interior of Provinces of Provence and Languedoc in the Years 1807 and 1808" by Lt-Col. Pinkney
Peter Walsh was telling me the other day that it's perfectly splendid for rheumatism.
"Priscilla's Spies" by George A. Birmingham
It brought back a bit of the rheumatism.
"Randy of the River" by Horatio Alger Jr.
Rheumatic children are afflicted with a number of diseased conditions which do not respond to treatment unless the rheumatism is treated.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)" by Grant Hague
Dat sho a cure for any rheumatism what is.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
There is none of rheumatism, none of bronchitis, in short no risk whatever.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
She was bent and twisted with rheumatism, like a little old tree that had been battered by storms.
"The Silver Maple" by Marian Keith
She spread the newspaper on the table and placed her finger at that point of the list where the cure of rheumatism was promised.
"Billy Topsail & Company" by Norman Duncan
Old Maisie had a difficulty in walking, owing to rheumatism.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
Sometimes I think, when the rheumatism gets up round my heart, it won't be long as I go too.
"Just Around the Corner" by Fannie Hurst
The Doctor at first alluded to them as rheumatic.
"East Angels" by Constance Fenimore Woolson
Why the devil did my mother have to choose the Newport season for a spell of rheumatics?
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
Every one had a cold, and many of the men suffered from rheumatism, but no complaints were heard.
"The Black Watch" by Scout Joe Cassells
It's because you're getting old and rheumatic that you feel so blue about us, Aunt Milly.
"Wheat and Huckleberries" by Charlotte Marion (White) Vaile

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.