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[mass noun] Any disease marked by inflammation and pain in the joints, muscles, or fibrous tissue, especially rheumatoid arthritis.
- ‘Seaweed baths in Sligo are popular with a whole spectrum of people including fishermen and farmers for curing rheumatism, aches, pains and sore joints.’
- ‘He emerged from his fast a changed man, free of asthma, rheumatism, and self-destructive thoughts, and he embarked on a new career as a lecturer, touting the restorative power of fasting.’
- ‘In 1853, Charcot successfully defended his doctoral thesis, presenting original work to differentiate the symptoms of gout from chronic rheumatism.’
- ‘Chronic diseases such as rheumatism, arthritis, allergy and others are well known to be associated with inflammation.’
- ‘Previously, the condition was known by other names such as fibrositis, chronic muscle pain syndrome, psychogenic rheumatism and tension myalgias.’
- ‘This style is useful if many of your customers experience arthritis and rheumatism, or don't have enough range of movement in their thumb to flick open the usual tactical knife.’
- ‘He really is very old but, rather than becoming frail and wispy, he's stiffening with arthritis and rheumatism and all the creaks and groans that goes with these conditions, becoming rock-like, of the earth.’
- ‘Family never come to see me, neighbours do not speak, body aches with rheumatism and arthritis, rain 11 months of the year, high gas bills, high electric bills and food bills.’
- ‘In India it has been used for millennia as an insect repellent, spermicide, medicine for skin diseases, sores and rheumatism.’
- ‘An justly award-winning example of new media exists in the consultants' clinic dealing with rheumatism and other bone diseases.’
- ‘The herb's anti-inflammatory aspirin-like chemicals mean it can also reduce fever and relieve the pain of rheumatism in muscles and joints.’
- ‘Patients with chronic diseases, such as hepatitis B virus infection, renal failure, diabetes mellitus, or rheumatism, were excluded from the study.’
- ‘However, a tea of holly leaves has been used in the past, made by boiling one tablespoon of dried leaves in one cup of water to treat gout, stones, urinary problems, rheumatism and arthritis.’
- ‘If synovial fluid analysis fails to identify crystals, palindromic rheumatism should be considered; this condition may progress to rheumatoid arthritis.’
- ‘Putting cold packs on elderly people with rheumatism and arthritis just will not suffice.’
- ‘She said: ‘The exercise is very good, especially for people who suffer from arthritis and rheumatism.’’
- ‘In fact, research points to benefits in the treatment of osteoarthritis, soft-tissue rheumatism, and rheumatoid arthritis.’
- ‘Whether it is rejuvenation, stress relief or treatment of any ailment like arthritis, rheumatism, frozen shoulders, back pain or skin disease, Ayurveda is claimed to be most effective.’
- ‘A cure will be found one day, but until then my personal verdict is that age-related arthritis and rheumatism are a natural part of the human condition, and you simply have to put up with it and get about your business best you can.’
- ‘I don't suffer with rheumatism or arthritis like other people my age and that's something I'm very pleased about that.’
Late 17th century: 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.
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