rheumatics


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

rheu·mat·ic

 (ro͞o-măt′ĭk)
adj.
Of or relating to any of various diseases and disorders that chiefly affect the joints, tendons, ligaments, muscles, and bones and are characterized by pain, stiffness, and swelling. Rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and gout are rheumatic diseases.
n.
1. One who is affected by a rheumatic disease or disorder.
2. rheumatics Informal Pains caused by a rheumatic disease or disorder.

[Middle English reumatik, of rheum, from Old French reumatique, from Latin rheumaticus, suffering from rheum, from Greek rheumatikos, from rheuma, rheumat-, stream; see rheum.]

rheumatics

(ruːˈmætɪks)
n
(Pathology) (functioning as singular) informal rheumatism
Translations

rheumatics

[ruːˈmætɪks] NSINGreúma m, reumatismo m

rheumatics

[ruːˈmætɪks] nsg (old) → reumatismi mpl
References in classic literature ?
Over th' wall I come--until th' rheumatics stopped me--an' I did a bit o' work once a year.
Mrs Sliderskew, with much blinking and chuckling, and with looks expressive of her strong admiration of Mr Squeers, his person, manners, and conversation, replied that the rheumatics were better.
Silas now found himself and his cottage suddenly beset by mothers who wanted him to charm away the whooping-cough, or bring back the milk, and by men who wanted stuff against the rheumatics or the knots in the hands; and, to secure themselves against a refusal, the applicants brought silver in their palms.
Livesey, and on him I observed it did not produce an agreeable effect, for he looked up for a moment quite angrily before he went on with his talk to old Taylor, the gardener, on a new cure for the rheumatics.
At one time she would come on board with a jar of pickles for the steward's pantry; another time with a bunch of quills for the chief mate's desk, where he kept his log; a third time with a roll of flannel for the small of some one's rheumatic back.