Definition of rheumatic in English:


Line breaks: rheum|at¦ic
Pronunciation: /rʊˈmatɪk


  • 1Relating to or caused by rheumatism: rheumatic pains
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    • It seems probable that the mortality from rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease has decreased since the turn of the century.
    • She had a history of rheumatic fever at age 9 with subsequent development of rheumatic heart disease.
    • 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.
  • 1.1(Of a person or part of the body) affected by rheumatism: a rheumatic grandfather rheumatic joints
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    • Nearly two decades after declaring the year 1984 as the year of the rheumatic child, infections due to GAS are still prevalent in India.
    • Instead, it was claimed that aspirin was ‘discovered’ by an ‘Aryan’ scientist, Felix Hoffman, to alleviate the sufferings of his rheumatic father.
    • 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.


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  • A person affected by rheumatism: a sickly rheumatic
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    • 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.





adjective ( • informal )
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  • It helps to relieve nervous tension, certain types of neuralgia and rheumaticky pains.


late Middle English (originally referring to infection characterized by rheum): from Old French reumatique, or via Latin from Greek rheumatikos, from rheuma 'bodily humour, flow' (see rheum).

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