Definition of rheumatism in English:

rheumatism

Line breaks: rheuma|tism
Pronunciation: /ˈruːmətɪz(ə)m
 
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noun

[mass noun]
Any disease marked by inflammation and pain in the joints, muscles, or fibrous tissue, especially rheumatoid arthritis.
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  • Previously, the condition was known by other names such as fibrositis, chronic muscle pain syndrome, psychogenic rheumatism and tension myalgias.
  • 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.
  • The herb's anti-inflammatory aspirin-like chemicals mean it can also reduce fever and relieve the pain of rheumatism in muscles and joints.

Origin

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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