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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a thin discharge of the mucous membranes, esp. during a cold.
Origin of rheum:
1350–1400; ME reume < LL rheuma < Gk rheûma current, stream, discharge =rheu-, s. of rheîn to flow, stream+-ma n. suffix of result
a watery discharge from the mucous membranes (especially from the eyes or nose)
Rheum, genus Rheum(noun)
Watery or thin discharge of serum or mucus, especially from the eyes or nose, formerly thought to cause disease.
Illness or disease thought to be caused by such secretions; a cold, catarrh; rheumatism.
Origin: From roume, reume, rume, ryeume, and their source, rheuma, from ῥεῦμα.
a genus of plants. See Rhubarb
a serous or mucous discharge, especially one from the eves or nose
Rheum is thin mucus naturally discharged as a watery substance from the eyes, nose or mouth during sleep. Rheum dries and gathers as a crust in the corners of the eyes or mouth, on the eyelids, or under the nose. It is formed by a combination of mucus, nasal mucus, blood cells, skin cells, or dust. Rheum from the eyes is particularly common. Dried rheum is in common usage called eye gunk, sleepydust, sleep, sleepys, sleepers, eye goop, eye crud, eye jelly,eye crust, eye bogeys, eye boogers, eye-sand, grumbles, etc In the waking individual, blinking of the eyelid causes rheum to be washed away with tears via the nasolacrimal duct. The absence of this action during sleep, however, results in a small amount of dry rheum accumulating in corners of the eye, most notably in children. A number of conditions can cause an increase in the production of rheum in the eye. In the case of allergic conjunctivitis, the buildup of rheum can be considerable, many times preventing the sufferer opening the eye upon waking without prior cleansing of the eye area. The presence of pus in an instance of heavy rheum buildup can indicate dry eye or conjunctivitis, among other infections.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A plant genus of the family POLYGONACEAE. Members contain chrysophanic acid, rhein, EMODIN, and other anthraquinones. The roots were formerly used as purgatives.
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