Definition of rheumatic in US English:



  • 1Relating to or caused by rheumatism.

    ‘rheumatic pains’
    • ‘Vioxx is a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug, prescribed to relieve symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatic arthritis.’
    • ‘For instance, these can be compared with those in patients who have fibrositis syndrome, which is a rheumatic pain modulation disorder.’
    • ‘This is called juvenile idiopathic arthritis, also known as juvenile chronic arthritis or juvenile rheumatic arthritis.’
    • ‘It is also noted for its sulfur springs, used as treatment for rheumatic and skin diseases.’
    • ‘Adults can get infected from children; I came across a woman of 68 with rheumatic heart diseases, who got the infection from her grandchild!’
    • ‘It seems probable that the mortality from rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease has decreased since the turn of the century.’
    • ‘The raw potato juice therapy is considered one of the most successful biological treatments for rheumatic and arthritic conditions.’
    • ‘It slows down aging, is good for the eyesight, improves sleep, minimises the onset of joint pains and rheumatic ailments such as arthritis, osteoporosis and prevent sinusitis when applied to the scalp each day before bath.’
    • ‘In April 1983, a 71-year-old woman with a history of rheumatic heart disease, aortic insufficiency, and bacterial endocarditis was referred for diffuse lymphadenopathy.’
    • ‘Other therapeutic uses include management of convulsions, leprosy, and rheumatic pain.’
    • ‘Classical dermatomyositis patients will occasionally experience arthritis and other symptoms of different autoimmune rheumatic diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus and scleroderma.’
    • ‘He was also an acknowledged expert on the pathology of rheumatic and bone diseases.’
    • ‘Big hugs or strong handshakes while sharing the peace can be painful for people with arthritis or rheumatic conditions.’
    • ‘She had a history of rheumatic fever at age 9 with subsequent development of rheumatic heart disease.’
    • ‘The tea can also relieve neuralgic and rheumatic pain.’
    • ‘First or second degree block, however, can occur with rheumatic carditis, diphtheria, digoxin overdose, and congenital heart defects.’
    • ‘Another particularly difficult area of chronic pain management is in rheumatic disease.’
    • ‘The term rheumatic disease is used to refer to all types of arthritis and rheumatism, and also includes diseases of the soft tissue, muscle and bone.’
    • ‘Similarly, various forms of corticosteroids are used for treating a variety of chronic inflammatory diseases including diseases of the respiratory tract, skin as well as various rheumatic and arthritic conditions.’
    • ‘This transition from the rheumatic and nutritional heart diseases towards atherosclerotic diseases is mainly because of a change in lifestyle.’
    1. 1.1 (of a person or part of the body) suffering from or affected by rheumatism.
      • ‘With added rheumatic heart, the stroke rate increases to 17 times the rate of others of the same age.’
      • ‘Nearly two decades after declaring the year 1984 as the year of the rheumatic child, infections due to GAS are still prevalent in India.’
      • ‘The discovery of aspirin is customarily said to have resulted from Felix Hoffmann's rheumatic father encouraging his son to produce a medicine devoid of the unpleasant effects of sodium salicylate.’
      • ‘‘I'm a little bit sore and stiff; it's a lot of activity for rheumatic joints,’ she exclaims.’
      • ‘Instead, it was claimed that aspirin was ‘discovered’ by an ‘Aryan’ scientist, Felix Hoffman, to alleviate the sufferings of his rheumatic father.’
      • ‘Similarly, a study from Turkey determined that activity in rheumatic joints produced high levels of both free radicals and inflammatory substances.’
      • ‘I mean, Breakup Girl remembers feeling positively rheumatic around people who could tell the difference between Corey Haim and Corey Feldman.’
      • ‘Fize smiled a grandfatherly smile, and beckoned with one rheumatic finger.’
      aching, achy, painful
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  • A person suffering from rheumatism.

    • ‘The arthritic and rheumatic used to be lowered into the waters that bubble out of the Peak District's limestone at a constant 27.5C.’


Late Middle English (originally referring to infection characterized by rheum): from Old French reumatique, or via Latin from Greek rheumatikos, from rheuma ‘bodily humor, flow’ (see rheum).