Definition of rheumatism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈruːmətɪzəm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈruːmətɪzəm//
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a disease that makes the muscles and joints painful, stiff and swollen The pills help to relieve my rheumatism. Word Originlate 17th cent.: from French rhumatisme, or via Latin from Greek rheumatismos, from rheumatizein ‘to snuffle’, from rheuma ‘stream’: the disease was originally supposed to be caused by the internal flow of “watery” humours.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: rheumatism