What does rheumatism mean?

Definitions for rheumatismˈru məˌtɪz əm

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word rheumatism.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rheumatism(noun)

    any painful disorder of the joints or muscles or connective tissues

  2. 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


  1. rheumatism(Noun)

    Any disorder of the muscles, tendons, joints, bones, nerves, characterized by pain, discomfort and disability.

  2. rheumatism(Noun)

    atrophic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis

  3. Origin: First attested 1601, from rheumatismus, from ῥευματισμός from ῥευματίζομαι from ῥεῦμα from ῥέω

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rheumatism(noun)

    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

  2. Origin: [L. rheumatismus rheum, Gr. , fr. to have or suffer from a flux, fr. rheum: cf. F. rheumatisme. See 2d Rheum.]


  1. Rheumatism

    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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rheumatism in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rheumatism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. H. L. Mencken:

    Thanksgiving Day is a day devoted by persons with inflammatory rheumatism to thanking a loving Father that it is not hydrophobia.

  2. Henry Adams:

    You say that love is nonsense....I tell you it is no such thing. For weeks and months it is a steady physical pain, an ache about the heart, never leaving one, by night or by day a long strain on one's nerves like toothache or rheumatism, not intolerable at any one instant, but exhausting by its steady drain on the strength.

  3. Elzear Blaze, La Vie Militaire:

    In the career of glory one gains many things; the gout and medals, a pension and rheumatism....And also frozen feet, an arm or leg the less, a bullet lodged between two bones which the surgeon cannot extract....all of these fatigues experienced in your youth, you pay for when you grow old. Because one has suffered in years gone by, it is necessary to suffer more, which does not seem exactly fair.

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