Definitions for rheumatismˈru məˌtɪz əm
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any painful disorder of the joints or muscles or connective tissues
rheumatoid arthritis, atrophic arthritis, rheumatism(noun)
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
Any disorder of the muscles, tendons, joints, bones, nerves, characterized by pain, discomfort and disability.
atrophic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis
Origin: First attested 1601, from rheumatismus, from ῥευματισμός from ῥευματίζομαι from ῥεῦμα from ῥέω
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
Rheumatism or rheumatic disorder is a non-specific term for medical problems affecting the joints and connective tissue. The study of, and therapeutic interventions in, such disorders is called rheumatology.
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