- any watery discharge from the mucous membranes, as of the mouth, eyes, or nose
- a cold; rhinitis
Origin of rheumMiddle English reume ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin rheuma ; from Gr, a flow, moist discharge, akin to rheein, to flow: see stream
A watery or thin mucous discharge from the eyes or nose.
Origin of rheumMiddle English reume, from Old French, from Late Latin rheuma, from Greek, a flowing, rheum; see sreu- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural rheums)
From Medieval Latin rheum, from Ancient Greek á¿¥á¿†Î¿Î½ (rheon, “rhubarb").