of, caused by, characteristic of, or having rheumatism
Origin of rheumaticMiddle English reumatike from Old French reumatique from Classical Latin rheumaticus from Classical Greek rheumatikos: see rheum
a person who has rheumatism
Dial. rheumatic pains
Of or relating to any of various diseases and disorders that chiefly affect the joints, tendons, ligaments, muscles, and bones and are characterized by pain, stiffness, and swelling. Rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and gout are rheumatic diseases.
- One who is affected by a rheumatic disease or disorder.
- rheumatics Informal Pains caused by a rheumatic disease or disorder.
Origin of rheumaticMiddle English reumatik of rheum from Old French reumatique from Latin rheumaticus suffering from rheum from Greek rheumatikos from rheuma rheumat- stream ; see rheum.
(comparative more rheumatic, superlative most rheumatic)
- (rare) A person suffering from rheumatism