plural noun[usually treated as singular] informal
Rheumatism; rheumatic pains.
- Nothing special about a touch of the rheumatics, I tell myself.
- There was nothing I could do but put a brave face on it and go after them, but now my rheumatics are playing up something rotten and my truss is all rusty.
- I have rheumatics in the spine now and I've been in hospital three times with my stomach.
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