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From Middle French rheumatique, from Latin rheumaticus, from Ancient Greek ῥευματικός ‎(rheumatikós), from ῥεῦμα ‎(rheûma, stream, flow) from ῥέω ‎(rhéō, I flow)



rheumatic ‎(comparative more rheumatic, superlative most rheumatic)

  1. Resembling or relating to rheumatism.
  2. Derived from, or having the character of, rheum; rheumic.

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rheumatic ‎(plural rheumatics)

  1. (rare) A person suffering from rheumatism
    • 1890, The American practitioner, Volumes 9-10‎
      It has been a clinical observation with me that the majority of chronic rheumatics are likewise the subjects of chronic constipation.
    • 1911, George Knapp Abbott, Principles and practice of hydrotherapy
      It must, be confessed, however, that the majority of rheumatics are not able to stand such treatment.
    • 1933, George Hoyt Bigelow & Herbert Luther Lombard, Cancer and Other Chronic Diseases in Massachusetts[1], page 19:
      The rheumatics in the survey who had complete disability had had this same disability for an average of two years.